Every summer, some people, who live on gravel roads, pay to have tree sap poured on their section of the road in front of their house to cut down on the dust that cars make when they drive by. You pay this company a one time fee and then they pour sap on your road a certain amount of times that summer.
Well last summer, because we had the extra money in our savings account, Kevin went over and offered to pay half of the bill...because since we live right across from each other pouring the tree sap saves us from getting road dust as much as it saves our neighbors. We did not help out the summer before this(our first summer here), nor did we enter into any kind of a written or verbal agreement last summer when we payed half.
So the gravel road has just had it's first pouring. This morning while Kevin was working in the garden, our neighbor walks over and hands Kevin a bill for $212 dollars...our half for the dust maintenance. We did NOT personally choose to have this done to the road, nor would we ever. Our neighbors called the company, set it up and decided to have this done w/out conversing w/us at all. Our neighbor's kids are grown and out of the house....so I would hope they would realize our priorities are different than theirs. Things come up...like doctor, hospital and ambulance bills...that make it impossible for us to spend money on road tree sap.
I would like some input or advice on how YOU would deal w/this situation.