Not just the house, but three dogs and a cat died in the fire. While firefighters were ordered to stand there and do nothing. To me, that is criminal. Especially since the homeowner stood there with an open checkbook and offered to pay whatever it cost to put out the fire.
The cartoon also makes the point that the fee is the same for all houses, so people with small houses are actually subsidizing people with large, expensive houses. Also, the county decided to charge an optional fee, rather than use property taxes or other sources of funds to pay for fire fighting. Not only that, but because the fee is optional, the fire department has to spend time and resources collecting the fee, and when a fire occurs, they have to figure out if they are allowed to respond to the fire. Dumb and dumber.