Koch Receives AG Opinion on Rural Fire Protection
Public Safety LOIT Revenue can be Shared with Townships
STATEHOUSE- State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford) has received an Advisory Letter he requested from the Office of the Attorney General concerning the question of whether or not county Public Safety Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) revenues can be used for rural fire protection service. The question arose recently in Lawrence County during discussion before the county council regarding the adoption of a Public Safety LOIT.
Advisory Letter 10-02, issued January 7, 2010 in response to Rep. Koch's request, states that Public Safety LOIT revenue may not be distributed by a county directly to volunteer fire departments, but can be shared with township government for purposes of fire protection services pursuant to an interlocal agreement between a county and a township.
"This opinion provides the legal clarity needed by local units of government with respect to this issue," said Rep. Koch. "The negotiation of an interlocal agreement will provide a framework for ensuring the interests of all parties are addressed in advance. Now, communities who wish to move forward in this way can do so with confidence."
For further information regarding this issue please contact Tim Deckard, President of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association at 812-340-0516.