Concerns In E. Pete Over Use Of Tax Funds ; Council Asks Da To Examine How Fire Company Used Money.
|By Tim Stuhldreher|
The details are unclear, however, as those involved are not talking.
"An investigation will be started, evidently," Council President
East Petersburg Fire Chief
Panus disclosed the action in a written statement she read aloud at the council's
After consulting with borough solicitor
Council is grateful toward and supports the fire company's general membership, and the move is not an action against or indictment of them, the statement said.
A message left with Davis' office was not immediately returned.
The fire company is supported largely by proceeds from a 0.8- mill fire tax levied by the borough. The unit receives about
Borough council and the fire company sparred sharply over funding in 2013.
In March of that year, the borough council refused to reimburse the fire company for "certain expense items" until attorneys for both sides reached a firm agreement defining what expenditures would be allowable.
At that time, borough officials declined to say what expenses were in dispute.
In May, the two parties finalized a memorandum of understanding allowing reimbursements to resume.
In it, the borough agrees that the fire company may put
Fire tax revenue also may be used to pay for workers' compensation insurance, planned capital expenditures and to remedy "unforeseen emergencies," such as timely repair of essential equipment, the memorandum says.
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