Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of $384.99 million in municipal pension and volunteer firefighter aid, funding which helps to protect communities and reduce burdens on local taxpayers. This brings to more than $2.7 billion the total amount of such aid distributed by the department during Auditor General DePasquale’s tenure.
“Pension aid helps to support retirement plans for police, paid firefighters and other municipal workers who dedicate their careers to keeping our communities safe and strong,” DePasquale said. “Additionally, state aid for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations helps first responders to purchase life-saving equipment and get the training they need to save lives and protect property.” A total of $324.74 million in state pension aid went to 1,483 municipalities and regional departments to support pension plans covering police officers, paid firefighters and non-uniformed employees. The funding was distributed before the Oct. 1 deadline.