The Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, during a Feb. 7 meeting on the county’s 2017-2018 budget, asked the Mathews Board of Supervisors for a nearly 23 percent increase, as compared to the 2015-2016 funding level.
Bob Brown, vice chairman of the MVRS board of directors, requested $178,000 for the squad in the county budget, a $33,000 increase over the current allocation. The request was made during a public meeting held to allow residents and outside agencies a chance to express their views on the document before formal budget negotiations begin.
According to online records, while the squad asked for $185,000 last year to avoid having to dip into its equipment replacement account, the county contributed just $145,000 toward the organization’s operations. Facing a projected deficit for the upcoming fiscal year of $32,618, Brown said the squad will not likely be able to place any funds in escrow for equipment replacement.
The squad has an equipment replacement plan that calls...
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