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Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE News Wednesday, July 25,2012 e BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN - A pro- posal to require extensive au= dits "in order for local volun- teer fire departments to receive County funding drew strong op- position from local firefighters at last week's County Commis- sion meeting. The objection, explained R'onald Fletcher, president of the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Association, stems from the fact that the commis- glen proposed requiring audits of all the fire companies' books rather than examining only the funds that the county disperses. For the larger fire companies like Citizens, Independent, and Shepherdstown, said Fletch- er, who is also the president of Citizens Fire Company, coun- ty. funding typically makes up only 10 to 15 percent of their annual funding, with fundrais- ir g efforts providing most of the dollars and the state kicking in a little more. Nonetheless, he ~aid, county funding is vital for smaller fire companies because they have fewer fundraising ca- pabilities. "We want to work with the County Commission, along with the JCESA to come to a resolution of this," Fletcher said. "Our concern is getting the money we deserve, having the stations be able to operate on the funds that we receive, and doing what we nee to be able to do." The fire companies receive two annual disbursements of cash from the county. The first, at around $25,000, is set by the companies' contract with the county to provide fire services. He noted that this contract ex- pired in June and negotiations for a new contract are currently ongoing. The second payment is made as a donation to the tune of $36,000 per company. It is this second payment that the county is considering mak- ing dependent on audits. Fletcher points out that there are already some supervision measures in place which ensure that this money is spent proper- ly. "In the past we have provided our 990s (and) something from each station saying an internal Ronald Fletcher audit was done and everything checked out," Fletcher said. However, with financial mal- feasance scandals that emerged at two fire companies in recent years, county officials say they feel compelled to extend those oversight provisions. All Fruits Picked Fresh Everyday/ Come Visit Our Market -- Opened Daily -- Rt. 9 Kearneysville NECTARINES SUMMER APPLES PLUMS BLACKBERRIES Eye Care, PLLC :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Back to School! Get a free school supply kit for all students who have eye exams at our office. While supplies last, XeVe carry sunglasses with interchangeable lenses, so you can wear them with or instead of contact lenses. Dr. Richard C. Rebuck OD 805 N. 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Washington St./P0 Box 14 Chades Town, WV 25414-0014 t "With the problems we've nies would prefer to set aside had with a couple stations in the funds they receive from the the past the Commission felt county in a separate account in that there is a need for an au- order to maintain full transpar- dit on all of our funds - every- ency for those monies. thing -- which they are not enti- "We have to show the state tied to," Fletcher said, pointing each year how we spent (the out that such an audit would in- money they disbursed)," Fletch- clude money raised from fund- er said. "We are more than open raising drives, the status of in- to doing that for the $61,000 vestment accounts maintained that we receive from the coun- by the companies, ty. I don't think that is as big Fletcher said the fire compa- of an issue as they perceived it Sokel MakeUp & Skin Care Incredible Facials Expert Waxing Amazing Make Up Gift Certificates Available Sokel MakeUp & Skin Care i23 N. 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