Aurora fire funds ordinance approved
By NIKKI YOUNK
AURORA, Wis. – Members of the Aurora Town Board and the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department have finally agreed on an ordinance governing the fire department’s fund-raiser money.
The ordinance was drafted by the fire department and based on other Wisconsin town ordinances. It was approved at the Town Board’s meeting Monday night.
Supervisor Yvonne VanPembrook noted that the ordinance incorporated accounting recommendations from the certified public accountant (CPA) hired by the town.
The ordinance allows the fire department to have either a checking or savings account, and requires that town officials oversee the department’s financial statements.
Board Chair Bill Dyer pointed out that the town still has control of the funds.
Firefighters had initially expressed concern that the town could use their money for other purposes. They raise donations throughout the year, and they will be conducting their annual Texas Hold’em tournament fund-raiser on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus hall in Kingsford.
According to Dyer, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue requires that all funds for volunteer fire departments, rescue squads, and other first responders be held by municipalities with bondable public officials.
Currently, the town is bonded up to $10,000. It cannot get an increase in coverage until an audit is completed on the town books.
VanPembrook suggested that the town request an increase once the audit is finished.
During a special meeting earlier this month, the board decided to hire another CPA to review some inconsistencies in the town’s books that were discovered by the initial CPA who was hired to look at the fire department ordinance.
Dyer said that the second CPA’s audit should be done sometime next week. The CPA will then present recommendations at either a special meeting or the next regular meeting.
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