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Last week, the Anderson County Commission voted to get the ball rolling on an audit of the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department.
Earlier this year, the department announced it was switching to a subscription-based service due to a lack of funds so severe, officials said, that the AVFD might have to close without the subscription plan.
The county has a 40-year lease with the AVFD for the land where the new Belmont Fire Station is being built, and part of the lease agreement calls for the department to be audited each year. The matter was referred to the Commission’s audit and budget committees for consideration and further discussion.
Commissioners will be trying to determine the scope of the audit and how to pay for it during the next few weeks. The subscription plan has drawn withering criticism from many in the community it serves.
Commissioner Tim Isbel has recommended creating a task force to study issues surrounding not only Andersonville but all of the county’s volunteer fire departments. The new subscription plan goes into effect Jan. 1.
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