Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in 15 Counties


May 10 2018
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Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in 15 Counties

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HARRISBURG (May 10, 2018)  – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Chester, Crawford, Fayette, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Warren and York counties.

The Department of the Auditor General examines volunteer firefighters’ relief associations, which receive state aid from a 2 percent state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by Pennsylvania residents from out-of-state casualty insurance companies.

In 2017, 2,521 municipalities received $60.6 million in fire relief association funding for distribution to local volunteer firefighters’ relief associations to provide training, purchase equipment and insurance, and pay for death benefits for volunteer firefighters.

The full audit reports for VFRAs with findings are available online using the links provided below, others are available online at: www.PaAuditor.gov/audit-reports.

Allegheny County

Stowe Township VFRA – No findings

Armstrong County

Burrell Township VFRA – No findings

Dayton District VFRA – No findings  

Beaver County

Economy Borough VFRA – No findings 

Butler County

Adams Area VFRA 

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for two findings: noncompliance with prior audit recommendations for failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster, and failure to maintain a complete and accurate membership roster.

Chester County

East Brandywine VFRA – No findings 

Crawford County

Saegertown VFRA – No findings

Fayette County

Morrell VFRA – No findings 

Luzerne County

Hollenback Township VFRA – No findings

Pringle VFRA  

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for two findings: failure to define discretionary benefits and failure to comply with terms of loan agreement.

Monroe County

Marshalls Creek VFRA – No findings

Montgomery County

Schwenksville VFRA – No findings 

Northumberland County

Anthracite VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: insufficient bond coverage.

Perry County

Duncannon VFRA – No findings

Schuylkill County

Nuremberg-Weston VFRA – No findings 

Warren County

Bear Lake VFRA 

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: untimely deposit of state aid.

York County

Reliance VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for three findings: inadequate minutes of meetings, failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster, and relief association’s investment account registered under unknown federal tax identification number.

Shrewsbury VFRA – No findings

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