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Kecksburg, Level Green fire charities OK in state aid spending

Joe Napsha
| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Fire fighters work to extinguish a fire at a single family home at 4084 Greggerson Road, near Level Green in Penn Township, on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Fire fighters work to extinguish a fire at a single family home at 4084 Greggerson Road, near Level Green in Penn Township, on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.

Volunteer firefighters relief associations for the Kecksburg and Level Green fire departments properly handled money the organizations received from the state through fire insurance taxes, the Pennsylvania Auditor General's Office said Thursday.

Regular audits found no issues, said Mike Hoover, a spokesman for the Auditor General.

The relief associations are charitable organizations formed primarily to afford financial protection to volunteer firefighters.

Kecksburg's fire relief association in Mt. Pleasant Township received $11,942 in 2015 and $11,917 in 2016 through the fire insurance tax, according to the audit covering January 2015 through December 2016. It spent $30,679 during the audit period and ended 2016 with $8,912 in cash, according to the audit.

The Level Green firefighters relief association in Penn Township corrected the findings from a previous audit when the its fire department reimbursed the relief association $4,629 from an unauthorized expenditure made before January 2014, the state said.

In the audit covering January 2014 through December 2016, the Level Green relief association received $26,689 in 2014, $25,752 in 2015 and $25,685 in 2016. The relief association had $57,093 in cash as of Dec. 31, 2016, the audit found.

The relief association and volunteer fire departments are separate entities. The Auditor General is not authorized to conduct routine audits of the volunteer fire departments financial records, Hoover said.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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