The Hawkins County Rescue Squad gained’t be required to reveal this yr’s insurance coverage income figures to the County Fee’s Price range Committee earlier than receiving its $60,000 county contribution this fiscal yr.
The fee was requested Monday to approve a housekeeping price range modification displaying the $11,000 contribution will increase that have been authorized final month within the 2021-22 county price range to the Hawkins County and Church Hill rescue squads, as nicely Hawkins County EMS.
These will increase put the rescue squad annual contributions at $60,000 every, and Hawkins County EMS at $71,000.
A prolonged debate resulted after Price range Committee chairman Mike Herrell made a movement requiring HCRS to reveal all income it has acquired by submitting invoices to legal responsibility insurance coverage suppliers.
One of many greatest companies each rescue squads present is responding to vehicular crashes and extricating victims.
Initially of 2021 the HCRS introduced it could start sending an bill to the insurance coverage supplier of auto homeowners for numerous rescue companies it offers throughout a name.
All Hawkins County non-profit companies are required to submit their price range info, together with different income sources, as a way to be eligible for his or her annual county contribution.
Herrell’s movement said that the HCRS wouldn’t obtain its 2021-22 contribution till paperwork disclosing that insurance coverage income was submitted to the Price range Committee.
“That ought to have been turned in after they turned in a price range, and it wasn’t,” Herrell mentioned. “We received (non-profit contribution recipients’) budgets once we did our price range, and this info was not turned in with their price range.”
Commissioner Valarie Goins questioned whether or not the fee might withhold contribution funds it has already authorized, and why this this was essential presently.
Goins additionally requested if this info as requested from all relevant companies.
Hawkins County EMS director Jason Murrell informed the fee they flip in an insurance coverage income estimate with their general price range to the county fee yearly.
HCRS board chairman Eddie Williams informed the fee they didn’t embody their insurance coverage income determine on this yr’s price range disclosure as a result of this was the primary yr they collected insurance coverage funds they usually didn’t have any numbers to submit.
Williams famous nonetheless, that on this first yr to date the HCRS has collected roughly $12,000 in insurance coverage claims. The plan was for HCRS to reveal that income within the paperwork submitted to the county subsequent yr.
“No particular person will get a invoice,” Williams mentioned. “If the insurance coverage don’t pay it, or they don’t have insurance coverage, we don’t get something. It’s just like in the event that they want a tow truck. That may be on their insurance coverage. The tow truck firm information with the insurance coverage.”
Williams added, “I’m concerned about why he must know now.”
Herrell: “You’re receiving taxpayers’ cash.”
Williams: “OK. No matter. … It simply appears fascinating. It handed 21-0, and hastily this blows up. That is some sort of large deal.”
Commissioner Hannah Winegar mentioned it doesn’t make any distinction how a lot insurance coverage income HCRS receives, the county continues to be going to offer the funding.
“Clearly we’re not speaking about a complete lot of cash,” Winegar mentioned. “For me personally, even when they arrive again and informed me that cash was $100,000 I’d nonetheless give them this cash. We’ve watched them work, and I believe (Commissioner) Tom Kern opened up this assembly congratulating and thanking all of the response folks to the Volunteer hoax — the sheriff workplace, rescue companies. In case you watched them work that day you notice they’re price fairly a bit extra.”
Herrell’s movement failed by a vote of 6-10 with three abstention. Commissioners who voted in favor of the movement included George Bridwell, Raymond Jessee, Danny Alvis, Dawson Fields, Charlie Thacker, and Herrell.
The unique price range modification was then authorized 18-0 with one abstention.