[HISTORY: Adopted as indicated in text (Ch. 37 of the 1990 Code of Public Local Laws). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[1961 Code, § 118; 1963, ch. 825, § 11; 1965, ch. 77, § 1; 1966, ch. 80, § 1; 1968, ch. 215, § 1; 1969, ch. 61, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-10; 1988, ch. 227, § 2; 1988, ch. 482, § 1; 2002, ch. 64, § 1]
The County shall levy on the assessable property in Cecil County, annually, the sum equivalent to $0.024 per $100 of assessed valuation of taxable property within the County for the purpose of assisting in the maintenance and operation of nine volunteer fire or fire and ambulance companies in Cecil County.
The levy shall be made June 1 and the sum of money to be paid by the County to each volunteer fire or fire and ambulance company shall be paid on or before September 1 of the fiscal year for which levied.
The amount equivalent to $0.02 per $100 of assessed valuation of taxable property in the County minus the $38,600 required in Subsection C of this section shall be allocated among the nine volunteer fire companies in the exact proportion which the assessed valuation of taxable property within the district served by each volunteer fire company bears to the assessed valuation of taxable property within the County.
The district served by each volunteer fire company shall be determined by the Cecil County Firemen's Association and the assessed valuation of taxable property within each district shall be certified by the Supervisor of Assessments for Cecil County based on the date of finality prior to the fiscal year in which the distribution is to be made.
The sum equivalent to $0.004 per $100 of assessed valuation of taxable property in the County shall be distributed by the County to the nine volunteer fire or fire and ambulance companies in equal allocations.
In order to be eligible for any of the funds provided for in this section, each of the nine volunteer fire or fire and ambulance companies named herein shall meet the minimum specifications and standards approved by the Cecil County Firemen's Association.
Each volunteer fire or fire and ambulance company shall file, annually with the County, a statement of:
The fair value of the company's fire-fighting apparatus;
The fair value of the company's ambulance;
The number of fires and other emergencies to which the respective company was called;
The estimated value of the property in which the fires occurred; and
The estimated loss to the property caused by the fires.
[1979, ch. 661, § 1]
The Fire Chief, his two Chief Deputies or his designated First and Second Chief Assistants of each volunteer fire company in Cecil County may have their vehicles equipped with amber lights or signal devices designed to emit an oscillating, rotating, blinking, or other type of emission of light. The lights or signal devices may be flashed or oscillated or otherwise used only while on route to or at the scene of an accident, flood or other emergency to which the volunteer fire company is responding.
[1961 Code, § 119; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-11; 1988, ch. 277, § 2]
Each of said volunteer companies is hereby required to file at the end of each calendar year with the County a financial statement showing how the sums of money so paid to each of them shall have been expended, said statements to be filed on or before the first day of March of the year following, and no payments as hereinbefore provided shall be made in the event such statement is not filed; provided, however, that the County shall make no payment to any fire company organized after June 1, 1947, unless such company shall apply to the County and receive the approval of the County for its organization.