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United States
Maryland Codes PUBLIC SAFETY TITLE 8 - FIRE AND RESCUE FUNDS

  1. TITLE 8 - FIRE AND RESCUE FUNDS
    1. Subtitle 1 - Senator William H. Amoss Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance Fund
      1. Section 8-101 - Definitions.
      2. Section 8-102 - Senator William H. Amoss Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance Fund [Amendment subject to contingent abrogation].
      3. Section 8-103 - Allocation and distribution of money.
      4. Section 8-104 - Use and expenditures of money.
      5. Section 8-105 - Required reports.
      6. Section 8-106 - Failure to comply with subtitle.
    2. Subtitle 2 - Volunteer Company Assistance Fund
      1. Section 8-201 - Definitions.
      2. Section 8-202 - Volunteer Company Assistance Fund - In general.
      3. Section 8-203 - Volunteer Company Assistance Fund - Purpose; grants.
      4. Section 8-204 - Volunteer Company Assistance Fund - Requests for money.
      5. Section 8-205 - Annual appropriation.
      6. Section 8-206 - Annual reports by Association.
      7. Section 8-207 - [Repealed].
      8. Section 8-208 - , 8-209. [Redesignated].
    3. Subtitle 3 - County Money and Loans for Volunteer Fire Companies
      1. Section 8-301 - Contribution of money to volunteer fire companies - In general.
      2. Section 8-302 - Same - Dorchester County.
      3. Section 8-303 - Guarantee of loans to volunteer fire companies.

Maryland Codes
PUBLIC SAFETY
TITLE 8 - FIRE AND RESCUE FUNDS

Subtitle 1 - Senator William H. Amoss Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance Fund

Section 8-101 - Definitions.

§ 8-101. Definitions.
 

(a)  In general.- In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated. 

(b)  Director.- "Director" means the Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. 

(c)  Expenditures for fire protection.-  

(1) "Expenditures for fire protection" means: 

(i) revenues appropriated or to be appropriated by a county for fire protection, rescue, and ambulance services; and 

(ii) the proceeds of any county bonds used to finance facilities that house equipment for fire protection, rescue, and ambulance services. 

(2) "Expenditures for fire protection" includes the costs of training personnel. 

(3) "Expenditures for fire protection" does not include: 

(i) salaries, workers' compensation, fringe benefits, or other personnel costs; 

(ii) administrative costs; or 

(iii) in Carroll County, appropriations for loans to a volunteer fire, rescue, or ambulance company, secured by mortgages, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness of the volunteer fire, rescue, or ambulance company, if the appropriations derive from the proceeds of bonds used to finance facilities that house equipment for fire protection, rescue, and ambulance services. 

(d)  Fund.- "Fund" means the Senator William H. Amoss Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance Fund. 

(e)  Qualified municipal corporation.-  

(1) "Qualified municipal corporation" means a municipal corporation in the State whose expenditures for fire protection from municipal sources exceed $25,000. 

(2) "Qualified municipal corporation" does not include Baltimore City. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 45A(a), (c)-(g); 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2005, chs. 100, 101.] 
 

Section 8-102 - Senator William H. Amoss Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance Fund [Amendment subject to contingent abrogation].

§ 8-102. Senator William H. Amoss Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance Fund [Amendment subject to contingent abrogation].
 

(a)  Established.- There is a Senator William H. Amoss Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance Fund. 

(b)  Purposes.- The purposes of the Fund are to promote: 

(1) the delivery of effective and high quality fire protection, rescue, and ambulance services in the State; 

(2) increased financial support for fire, rescue, and ambulance companies by counties; and 

(3) the continued financial viability of volunteer fire, rescue, and ambulance companies given the greatly increased costs of equipment. 

(c)  Administration.-  

(1) The Director shall administer the Fund. 

(2) Subject to paragraph (3) of this subsection, the Director may adopt procedures to carry out this subtitle, including additional auditing and reporting requirements. 

(3) The Director may not: 

(i) impose training or operational requirements as a precondition to receipt of money, except as otherwise expressly provided in this subtitle; or 

(ii) require that capital equipment purchased with State money have a useful life expectancy of greater than 1 year. 

(d)  Composition.- The Fund consists of: 

(1) money appropriated in the State budget to the Fund; and 

(2) revenue distributed to the Fund under § 16-609 of the Business Regulation Article. 

(e)  Payments.-  

(1) As authorized by the Director, the Treasurer shall make payments out of the Fund to each county on warrant of the Comptroller. 

(2) The Treasurer shall make the payments required under this subsection to the appropriate county in approximately equal amounts on or about August 15, November 15, February 15, and May 15. 

(f)  Use of State money.-  

(1) State money provided under this section may only be used to: 

(i) acquire or rehabilitate fire or rescue equipment, including ambulances; 

(ii) acquire or rehabilitate capital equipment used in connection with fire or rescue equipment; and 

(iii) rehabilitate facilities used primarily to house fire fighting equipment, ambulances, and rescue vehicles. 

(2) State money provided under this section may not be used: 

(i) for administrative costs; 

(ii) for compensation or fringe benefits to employees or members of county governments, or fire, rescue, or ambulance companies; 

(iii) for travel or meal expenses; 

(iv) for fuel, utility, or routine maintenance costs of facilities or equipment; 

(v) to acquire new or replacement fire hydrants, water mains, or emergency alarm systems not installed at a fire, rescue, or ambulance facility; 

(vi) for insurance; 

(vii) for fund-raising activities; 

(viii) to refinance debt or another obligation incurred before July 1, 1985; 

(ix) to replace or repair eligible items to the extent that insurance proceeds are available; 

(x) for costs associated with the "9-1-1" emergency telephone system; or 

(xi) for land or interests in land. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 45B; 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2005, chs. 100, 101; 2007, ch. 497; 2010, ch. 479.] 
 

 

Section 8-103 - Allocation and distribution of money.

§ 8-103. Allocation and distribution of money.
 

(a)  Allocation to counties.- Subject to subsection (b) of this section, each county shall receive an initial allocation of money based on a percentage to be determined in the following manner: 

(1) the Director of Assessments and Taxation shall certify to the Director each county's total percentage of land use property tax accounts, including vacant unimproved properties, relative to the statewide total of all land use property tax accounts for the first completed fiscal year immediately preceding the fiscal year for which money is to be allocated; 

(2) except as provided in item (3) of this subsection, the percentage determined in item (1) of this subsection shall then be applied for each county to any amount included in the State budget for the purposes of this subtitle; and 

(3) each county shall receive an allocation of at least 2% of the total Fund as appropriated in the State budget, in addition to the amount that is distributed to fire, rescue, and ambulance companies, departments, or stations located in qualified municipal corporations in accordance with subsection (b) of this section. 

(b)  Distribution to fire, rescue, and ambulance companies, departments, or stations.-  

(1) Subject to paragraph (6) of this subsection, each county shall distribute the money provided under this subtitle on the basis of need to fire, rescue, and ambulance companies, departments, or stations in the county, including companies, departments, or stations:  

(i) located in municipal corporations; or 

(ii) located outside the State if the company, department, or station: 

1. has been a member of the Maryland State Firemen's Association for at least the past 10 years; and 

2. has a first due response area in the State. 

(2) Each county shall determine need in accordance with procedures that the county uses to adopt its budget. 

(3) In determining need under this subsection, the county shall consider: 

(i) the failure to meet minimum standards established by the county or the Maryland State Firemen's Association; 

(ii) the existence or potential existence of an emergency situation as described in § 8-203 of this title; 

(iii) the age and condition of existing facilities and equipment; 

(iv) the lack of availability of mutual aid; 

(v) any service problems associated with demographic conditions; and 

(vi) any other relevant factors. 

(4) In addition to consideration of the factors in paragraph (3) of this subsection, for a volunteer company the county shall consider the company's inability to raise money to pay for the item. 

(5) Notwithstanding paragraphs (3) and (4) of this subsection, each county shall give the highest funding priority to the failure to meet minimum standards or the existence of an emergency situation as described in § 8-203 of this title. 

(6) Distribution of money to fire, rescue, and ambulance companies, departments, or stations located in qualified municipal corporations in a county in the aggregate may not be less than 50% of the proportion that the expenditures of the qualified municipal corporation bear to total aggregate expenditures for fire protection in that county. 

(7) To receive money under this subsection, each county shall participate in the Maryland Fire Incident Reporting System and Ambulance Information System. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 45C; 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2005, ch. 25, § 12; chs. 100, 101; 2010, ch. 479.]   

Section 8-104 - Use and expenditures of money.

§ 8-104. Use and expenditures of money.
 

(a)  In general.-  

(1) (i) The money distributed under this subtitle shall be used by each county for the purposes listed in § 8-102(f)(1) of this subtitle as an addition to and may not be substituted for any money appropriated from sources other than the Fund. 

(ii) In each fiscal year, each county shall make expenditures for fire protection from sources other than the Fund in an amount that is at least equal to the average amount of the expenditures for fire protection during the 3 preceding fiscal years. 

(iii) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a county that fails to satisfy the requirements of this subsection may not receive money under this subtitle for that fiscal year. 

(2) For each fiscal year, each county that fails to satisfy the requirements of paragraph (1) of this subsection may receive money under this subtitle subject to a penalty equal to the percentage by which the county fails to meet the county's maintenance of effort for that fiscal year. 

(b)  Matching State money.-  

(1) Each county shall make expenditures for fire protection from its own sources that are at least equal to the amount of State money to be received. 

(2) A county may receive less than the amount initially allocated. 

(3) In determining the amount of expenditures for fire protection made by a county, before certification, the Director shall review the financial information of the county for the first completed fiscal year before the fiscal year for which State money is appropriated. 

(4) Money received from the Emergency Assistance Trust Fund under § 8-203 of this title or other State money may not be used as the match required under this subsection. 

(c)  Allocation of undistributed money.-  

(1) Money not distributed to a county because the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section are not satisfied shall be distributed to the counties that meet the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section in accordance with this subsection. 

(2) (i) Subject to subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, each county that meets the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall receive an allocation of the money distributed under paragraph (1) of this subsection based on a percentage to be determined in accordance with § 8-103(a) of this subtitle. 

(ii) For purposes of determining the percentage allocated to each county under this subsection, the property tax accounts of each county that fails to satisfy the requirements of subsection (a) or (b) of this section shall be excluded from the statewide total. 

(3) Each county shall distribute money provided under this subsection in accordance with § 8-103(b) of this subtitle. 

(d)  Accounting and audit of money distributed to counties.-  

(1) The money distributed under this subtitle and allocated to a county shall be accounted for and audited in accordance with the procedures for accounting and auditing of other governmental revenues. 

(2) Money not expended by the county by the end of a fiscal year shall be placed in a special fund for expenditure in the next succeeding fiscal year. 

(3) (i) Money distributed under this subtitle that remains unencumbered or unexpended by the county after the second fiscal year shall be repaid to the Director for deposit in the General Fund. 

(ii) The Comptroller may set off any shared revenues due to a county instead of repayment under this subsection. 

(4) (i) Money distributed under this subtitle to be expended by a volunteer or municipal fire, rescue, or ambulance company shall be maintained in a separate account and shall be audited in the same manner as other money of the volunteer or municipal company is audited. 

(ii) Copies of the audit of the separate account shall be submitted to the respective county government and to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 45D(a)-(d); 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2005, ch. 25, § 12; chs. 100, 101.]   

Section 8-105 - Required reports.

§ 8-105. Required reports.
 

(a)  By counties.-  

(1) On or before December 31 of each year, each county shall submit to the Director a report for the preceding fiscal year that states: 

(i) the amount of money distributed to each recipient and the purpose of expenditure of this money categorized as provided in § 8-102(f)(1) of this subtitle; 

(ii) the amount and disposition of any unencumbered or unexpended money; and 

(iii) the amount of expenditures for fire protection by the county. 

(2) Each county shall provide a copy of the report required under paragraph (1) of this subsection, subject to § 2-1246 of the State Government Article, to the Department of Legislative Services. 

(b)  By Director.- Each year the Director shall report to the Governor and, subject to § 2-1246 of the State Government Article, to the General Assembly on the information provided by the counties on the distribution of money provided under this subtitle, including an assessment of the extent to which the purposes of this subtitle are being achieved. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 45D(e)(1), (2), (f); 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2005, chs. 100, 101.]   

Section 8-106 - Failure to comply with subtitle.

§ 8-106. Failure to comply with subtitle.
 

(a)  In general.-  

(1) The Director may withhold money allocated for the next fiscal year under this subtitle from a county if the county does not comply with this subtitle. 

(2) After notice and an opportunity for a hearing, failure of a county to comply with this subtitle may result in the forfeiture of the allocated money, in whole or in part. 

(b)  Reversion of withheld money.- Money withheld under this section reverts to the General Fund. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 45D(e)(3); 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2005, chs. 100, 101.]   

Subtitle 2 - Volunteer Company Assistance Fund

Section 8-201 - Definitions.

§ 8-201. Definitions.
 

(a)  In general.- In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated. 

(b)  Association.- "Association" means the Maryland State Firemen's Association. 

(c)  Department.- "Department" means the Department of Budget and Management. 

(d)  Fund.- "Fund" means the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund. 

(e)  Volunteer company.- "Volunteer company" means a volunteer ambulance, fire, or rescue company: 

(1) located in the State; or 

(2) located outside the State if the company: 

(i) has been a member of the Association for at least the past 10 years; and 

(ii) has a first due response area in the State. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 46(a)(1), (2), (4), (5); 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2005, ch. 136; 2010, ch. 479.] 
 

Section 8-202 - Volunteer Company Assistance Fund - In general.

§ 8-202. Volunteer Company Assistance Fund - In general.
 

(a)  Established.- There is a Volunteer Company Assistance Fund. 

(b)  Status.-  

(1) The Fund is a special, nonlapsing fund that is not subject to § 7-302 of the State Finance and Procurement Article. 

(2) The Treasurer shall hold the Fund separately and the Comptroller shall account for the Fund. 

(c)  Annual appropriation.- After consultation with the Association, the Governor may include in the State budget each year an appropriation to the Fund. 

(d)  Composition.-  

(1) Any investment earnings of the Fund shall be credited to the Fund. 

(2) Repayments on loans from the Fund shall be placed in the Fund and made available to fund grant or loan requests. 

(e)  Development of criteria, terms; recommendations.- For the purpose of making loans under this subtitle, the Association shall: 

(1) develop loan criteria; 

(2) develop loan terms, including interest rates; and 

(3) recommend to the Board of Public Works the approval or denial of loans. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 46(b)-(e); 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2004, ch. 430, § 1; 2005, ch. 136; 2010, ch. 479.]   

Section 8-203 - Volunteer Company Assistance Fund - Purpose; grants.

§ 8-203. Volunteer Company Assistance Fund - Purpose; grants.
 

(a)  Purpose.- The purpose of the Fund is to ensure adequate fire protection and rescue services in the State. 

(b)  Use of money.- A grant or loan awarded under this section shall be used only for purchasing, replacing, or improving: 

(1) equipment, including elevated equipment, pumpers, tankers, ladder trucks, ambulances, rescue vehicles, or other large equipment used for fire fighting and emergency services; 

(2) communications equipment; 

(3) protective equipment, including helmets, turnout coats and pants, boots, eyeshields, gloves, and self-contained respiratory protection units; 

(4) any other equipment necessary to carry out the ordinary functions of supporting fire fighting and rescue activities; or 

(5) facilities used to house fire fighting equipment, ambulances, and rescue vehicles. 

(c)  Required match.-  

(1) (i) A volunteer company receiving a grant from the Fund shall provide at least a 30% match of the amount of the grant. 

(ii) If a volunteer company cannot reasonably provide the required match before the grant is disbursed, the Board of Public Works may waive the requirement or may allow repayment of the match within a reasonable time not exceeding 18 months after the purchase, replacement, or improvement of the equipment or facilities. 

(2) (i) Money to provide the required match may include contributions from local government. 

(ii) A local government may not reduce the amount of money that the volunteer company would otherwise be entitled to receive from the local government because of State money provided under this section. 

(3) Loans from the Fund may only be awarded to assist with up to 75% of the total cost of the equipment or facilities being purchased. 

(d)  Award of grants or loans.- After a favorable recommendation from the Association, the Board of Public Works may award a grant, loan, or both from the Fund to a volunteer company if: 

(1) for a grant award: 

(i) an act of God or other unforeseen event substantially impairs the ability of the volunteer company to provide adequate and safe service; or 

(ii) the volunteer company is unable to maintain the minimum level of performance for adequate and safe service established by standards of the Association because of a demonstrated lack of financial resources; and 

(2) the Association and the volunteer company have executed an agreement that: 

(i) provides that the grant or loan will be used as represented to the Board of Public Works in the request for approval; and 

(ii) gives to the State security in the equipment or facilities purchased with the loan and in the proceeds of that equipment or those facilities as determined by the Board of Public Works to be appropriate and adequate. 

(e)  Prohibitions on use of money.- A grant or loan awarded under this section may not: 

(1) be used to refinance a debt or other obligation of a volunteer company; or 

(2) be spent to replace or repair eligible items to the extent that insurance proceeds are available for those purposes. 

(f)  Local government money.- The Board of Public Works may not approve a grant or loan from the Fund to a volunteer company if the volunteer company has not made a good faith effort to obtain money from its local government. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 46A; 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2004, ch. 430, § 1; 2005, ch. 136; 2006, ch. 622; 2010, ch. 479.]   

Section 8-204 - Volunteer Company Assistance Fund - Requests for money.

§ 8-204. Volunteer Company Assistance Fund - Requests for money.
 

(a)  Submission to Association; contents.-  

(1) A volunteer company shall submit each request for a grant or loan from the Fund to the Association for approval by a board of review in accordance with the Association's bylaws. 

(2) Each request for a grant or loan shall include:  

(i) financial statements for the 2 fiscal years immediately preceding the fiscal year in which the request is made; 

(ii) any available audit of the financial statements; and 

(iii) a detailed explanation of the reasons for the request. 

(3) For each request for a grant or loan from the Fund, the volunteer company shall certify that the volunteer company applied for money from its local government and was denied, either wholly or partly.  

(b)  Appeal to panel.-  

(1) If the Association disapproves a request or does not take action within 90 days after the request for any reason other than because funds are not available, the volunteer company requesting a grant or loan may appeal to a panel composed of the president of the Association, the State Fire Marshal, and the chairman of the Fire and Rescue Education and Training Commission. 

(2) The decision of the panel is final and is not subject to further review. 

(c)  Approval of request.- On approval of a request for a grant or loan, the Association or the panel shall transmit its recommendation to the Board of Public Works. 

(d)  Disbursement of money.- As authorized by the Board of Public Works, the Treasurer shall disburse money from the Fund to the Association in the name of a volunteer company for the purposes of this subtitle on warrant of the Comptroller. 

(e)  Request by Baltimore City Fire Department.- The Baltimore City Fire Department may submit a request for a grant or loan from the Fund for the purposes set forth in § 8-203(b) of this subtitle. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 46B(b)-(f); 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2004, ch. 430, § 1; 2005, ch. 136; 2006, chs. 416, 622.]   

Section 8-205 - Annual appropriation.

§ 8-205. Annual appropriation.
 

(a)  In general.- After consultation with the Association, the Governor may include in the State budget each year an amount for the purposes set forth in subsection (b) of this section. 

(b)  Use of money.- The Association may use money appropriated under subsection (a) of this section to: 

(1) formulate, publish, and distribute the fire laws of Maryland and other state and federal standards, laws, guidelines, and recommendations; 

(2) formulate, publish, and distribute an annual report and monthly or other timely bulletins and reports; 

(3) purchase, publish, and distribute fire prevention, emergency services, and safety education materials and sponsor seminars and other public forums to disseminate this information to Association members and residents of the State; 

(4) maintain and distribute records that relate to the annual inspections of fire and rescue equipment and facilities; 

(5) establish and maintain a database on manpower availability and training, operational cost, equipment availability, response time, State and local financial support, and other relevant factors in providing fire and rescue services; 

(6) maintain membership through fees, subscriptions, and meeting attendance in organizations that disseminate training and education and provide guidance to volunteer emergency service organizations and their members and represent their interests on a State and national level; 

(7) provide fuel, insurance, and maintenance to vehicles owned and operated by the Association and used in representing the volunteers and disseminating information throughout the State; 

(8) provide professional services including accounting, auditing, and legal consultation and operational costs associated with the objectives established in this subsection; and 

(9) promote, disseminate, and advocate programs and services that pertain to improving the safety, health, and wellbeing of fire and rescue personnel throughout  the State. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 46D; 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2005, ch. 136; 2007, chs. 179, 180.]   

Section 8-206 - Annual reports by Association.

§ 8-206. Annual reports by Association.
 

(a)  In general.- On or before August 30 of each fiscal year, the Association shall submit to the Department, the Legislative Auditor, and to the Board of Public Works an annual report that includes: 

(1) the number and total amount of grants and the number and total amount of loans made in the previous fiscal year; 

(2) for each grant or loan made: 

(i) the volunteer company that received the grant or loan; 

(ii) the amount of the grant or loan; and 

(iii) the specific purpose of making the grant or loan; 

(3) for each volunteer company that received a grant or loan: 

(i) the financial statement of the volunteer company for the previous fiscal year or the year in which the grant or loan was received, whichever is available; and 

(ii) documentation of the volunteer company's actual expenditures from the grant or loan; 

(4) for each loan made, the terms of the loan, including origination date, loan term, payment terms, payment amount, payments made to date, outstanding balance, and loan status; and 

(5) summary listings of grants and loans made during the previous fiscal year and outstanding loans, by county. 

(b)  Review by Department.- The Department shall: 

(1) review the documentation submitted in accordance with subsection (a) of this section on an annual basis to determine if each grant or loan was spent in accordance with this subtitle and the request approved by the Board of Public Works; and 

(2) report the findings to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Appropriations Committee on an annual basis. 

(c)  Review by Legislative Auditor.- The Legislative Auditor may: 

(1) review the documentation submitted in accordance with subsection (a) of this section to determine if each grant or loan was spent in accordance with this subtitle and the requests approved by the Board of Public Works; and 

(2) report the findings to the Department and, subject to § 2-1246 of the State Government Article, to the Joint Audit Committee of the General Assembly. 

(d)  Audit by Comptroller.- The Comptroller may audit the financial affairs of the Association to ensure compliance with this subtitle. 
 

[ An. Code 1957, art. 38A, § 46H; 2003, ch. 5, § 2; 2004, ch.  430, § 1; 2005, ch. 136; 2006, chs. 44, 622.] 
 

Section 8-207 - [Repealed].

§ 8-207. Low Interest Revolving Loan Account - Loan requests.
 

Repealed by Acts 2004, ch. 430, § 19, effective June 1, 2004. 
 

Section 8-208 - , 8-209. [Redesignated].

§ 8-208, 8-209.
 

Redesignated. 
 

Subtitle 3 - County Money and Loans for Volunteer Fire Companies

Section 8-301 - Contribution of money to volunteer fire companies - In general.

§ 8-301. Contribution of money to volunteer fire companies - In general.
 

(a)  Scope of section.- This section does not apply to Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Cecil County, Howard County, Prince George's County, Queen Anne's County, and Worcester County. 

(b)  Express power.- The county commissioners of each county have the express power to contribute money to a volunteer fire company in the county. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 25, § 3(a)(1), (w); 2003, ch. 5, § 2; ch. 21, § 7.]   

Section 8-302 - Same - Dorchester County.

§ 8-302. Same - Dorchester County.
 

(a)  Scope of section.- This section applies only to Dorchester County. 

(b)  Money for volunteer fire companies.-  

(1) Subject to paragraph (4) of this subsection, the County Commissioners of Dorchester County shall pay at least the sum of $118,500 each year to the volunteer fire companies in the county for their benefit as long as the volunteer fire companies are active, fire-fighting organizations. 

(2) Each volunteer fire company shall use the money received to support, maintain, equip, and operate the volunteer fire company for the purpose of fighting fires in the county. 

(3) Each volunteer fire company shall comply with the bylaws of the Volunteer Fire Companies Association of Dorchester County. 

(4) The County Commissioners may not make a payment to a volunteer fire company unless the volunteer fire company complies with the bylaws of the Volunteer Fire Companies Association of Dorchester County. 

(c)  Use of property tax revenue.- The County Commissioners shall use property tax revenue to pay volunteer fire companies in accordance with subsection (b) of this section. 

(d)  Distribution of money.-         (1) The County Commissioners shall distribute the money required by subsection (b) of this section on October 1 of each year to the following volunteer fire companies in at least the following amounts:
 




     Cambridge                                         $10,500        
Hurlock                                                        9,500        
Secretary                                                           9,000        
Vienna                                                  9,000        
East New Market                                                         8,000        
Eldorado                                                             7,500        
Neck                                                           7,500        
Lloyds                                                  7,500        
Lakes & Straits                                                     8,500        
Church Creek                                                          8,500        
Madison                                                   8,500        
Hoopers Island                                                   8,500        
Linkwood-Salem                                                   7,500        
Taylors Island                                                                 8,500         

(2) The Elliotts Volunteer Fire Company shall receive an amount set by the County Commissioners. 

(e)  Evidence required to receive money.-  

(1) Before paying money to a volunteer fire company, the County Commissioners may require the officers of the volunteer fire company to appear before the County Commissioners and submit evidence satisfactory to the County Commissioners that the volunteer fire company: 

(i) is an active fire-fighting organization; and 

(ii) has spent the money received in prior years under this section in accordance with this section. 

(2) If a volunteer fire company ceases to be an active fire-fighting organization or fails to spend the money received in accordance with this section, the County Commissioners shall: 

(i) withhold the current year's money from the volunteer fire company; and 

(ii) allocate the unspent money to the contingent fund of Dorchester County. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 25, § 3(w-1); 2003, ch. 5, § 2.]   

Section 8-303 - Guarantee of loans to volunteer fire companies.

§ 8-303. Guarantee of loans to volunteer fire companies.
 

(a)  Scope of section.- This section applies to Allegany County, Calvert County, Charles County, Frederick County, Garrett County, Kent County, and St. Mary's County. 

(b)  Express power.- The county commissioners of a county subject to this section have the express power to guarantee or insure financial loans made by a governmental third party to a volunteer fire company that: 

(1) is located within the county; or 

(2) has a mutual aid agreement with the county. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 25, § 3(a)(1), (gg); 2003, ch. 5, § 2.]   

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