Section 45-19-141.05

Fire protection fee - Use of proceeds.

Proceeds from the fire protection fee may be used at the discretion of the individual department for fire protection, fire prevention, and emergency medical services to include, but not be limited to, fire or emergency medical equipment, fire or emergency medical supplies, training, buildings, capital improvements, insurance, dues, and professional services. The proceeds shall not be used for salaries, entertainment, or fund-raising purposes. Any proceeds from the fire protection fee that are unexpended or not appropriated at the end of the fiscal year shall remain in the individual department's treasury for appropriation and use during any fiscal year thereafter. After receiving the proceeds, the departments shall keep accurate records to verify that the funds are properly used. In January of each year that proceeds were received in the prior year, each department shall submit a financial report to the association detailing the expenditures of proceeds from the fire protection fee for the prior year. Forms for this report shall be provided by the association and shall be in compliance with requirements of the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts. The association shall provide the same financial report on all proceeds from the fire protection fee that it has expended in the prior year. The association shall provide these records to the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts and the commission. The reports shall be a public record.

(Act 2003-367, p. 1035, §6.)