Transylvania County Commissioners partner with fire and rescue nonprofits throughout the county to fund fire and rescue services for citizens. Commissioners adopted a new standard contract template in June for those services. The new contract includes legal updates to be consistent with state law and a change from requiring individual audits from the fire and rescue organizations to providing a county funded audit process. It is the Commissioners’ desire and hope that all our current departments will sign the new contracts within the next 90-day period before the old contracts expire.
Transylvania County continues to look for ways to provide more transparent and accountable government. The intent of the county audit is to provide consistency for the departments and to support making sure that they maintain their nonprofit status to remain eligible to receive taxpayer funds and has been planned for the past year to implement this year. The new contracts do not change operations or how services are delivered to citizens.
The new contracts are in effect once signed by each department and the old contracts will expire in 90 days. Four out of the seven agencies have signed the new contract and the remaining will have that 90-day period to sign their contracts before the second quarter payment is due this fall.
Jaime Laughter, Transylvania County Manager
On behalf of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners