Bill passed in Pennsylvania state budget helps volunteer firefighters save money from fundraisers

  • Source: WHP-TV CBS 21 Harrisburg
  • Published: 07/09/2019 12:00 AM

Volunteer firefighters in the Commonwealth will be able to save much needed money from some of their fundraisers, thanks to a bill that passed in this year's budget. In many towns, you'll see a fire hall, fully staffed with volunteers, selling BBQ chicken dinners. "We usually have five, six a season, so this is one of the half a dozen we have a year," said Fire Chief Nate Tracey, with Goodwill Fire Company. Goodwill Fire Company pulled out all the stops this past weekend. They rely on fundraisers like this to keep the department going. Thanks to a bill, more of that money will soon stay in their pockets. "They were submitting tens and tens of thousand dollars, every fire company, every year, back to Harrisburg. Let's make their job easier," said Senator Scott Martin, serving the state's 13th District. Martin's bill, which makes volunteer fire companies exempt from a prepared food sales tax, was passed in this year's budget.


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