State Senate Committee OKs Bill To Support Volunteer Fire Companies

Volunteer fire companies would get to keep more of the money they bring in through fundraisers under a bill approved by the state Senate Finance Committee. The bill's sponsor, Senator Scott Martin, says exempting volunteer fire companies from the sales tax on food and beverages sold at fundraisers would provide them with more money to purchase new equipment, pay for training and make contributions to the statewide insurance fund. Martin notes that while a booster club selling food at a high school football game is already exempt from the state sales tax, volunteer fire companies must still pay the tax. The bill now goes to the full Senate.