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Commissioners place funds to audit fire departments

Ashe County Manager Sam Yearick, left, and Commissioner William Sands look over budget
items during the BOC’s annual budget workshop on Monday.

Originally published: Jun. 5
Last modified: Jun. 5

James Howell

During its annual budget meeting held on Monday, June 2, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners decided to dedicate money in the county budget for random audits or reviews for the fire departments in Ashe County.

“We put a little money in our budget in case we want to do it,” said Ashe County Manager Sam Yearick, about auditing Ashe County fire departments.

According to Yearick, this was considered after funding concerns were raised, and investigation launched by Watauga County Sheriff’s Department, about the Todd Volunteer Fire Department.

The Todd VFD was cleared of mismanagement concerns, aside from not filing its income tax in 990 forms to maintain its tax-exempt status through the Internal Revenue Service. However, Yearick said the Todd VFD has never been audited by the county.

“They (Todd VFD) were cleared of that,” Yearick said. “But still, they’ve never been audited by the county.”

Yearick said the word “audit” isn’t the correct term for a financial review of Ashe County’s first department. “I think a better word for it would be a ‘review,’” Yearick said.


For the full story see the Ashe Mountain Times print edition June 5.

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