Kanawha County, West Virginia, officials are refusing to give taxpayer funds to five volunteer fire departments that haven’t shared their financial statements with the County Commission.
The commission voted last year to check financial data before releasing county funds to the departments after a former employee embezzled more than $20,000 from the Institute Volunteer Fire Department.
The county doles out more than $300,000 each year to help fund the 27 volunteer departments that serve its residents. Another six are paid fire departments.
The Charleston Gazette said the Chesapeake, Smithers, Lakewood, Tornado and Handley departments haven’t turned over their financial data.
Kanawha County Fire Coordinator C.W. Sigman is acting as a liaison between the departments and the county. Although some are reluctant, he said he believes all the departments will turn over the data.