HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Washington County officials are proposing a county takeover of a program that provides millions of dollars to volunteer fire companies.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown newspaper reported Tuesday on the proposal that involves funds the fire companies are supposed to get from legal gambling in Washington County.

The newspaper reported earlier this week that an umbrella group, the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, has been keeping some of the money instead of distributing it to the county’s 27 volunteer companies as state lawmakers intended.

The association has built up a half-million dollar surplus that it claims it needs for future projects.

The proposal for a county takeover of the program would require General Assembly approval.

Association President Glenn Fishack says he disagrees with the plan.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    I am sure the county already has plans where to spend that half million dollars surplus, and it won’t be on the volunteer fire companies. The county can’t manage its own money, so it shouldn’t try to tell someone else how to manage theirs. It seems to me that the Association is keeping itself in the black, something governments don’t understand!

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