[HISTORY: Adopted as indicated in article histories.]
[P.L.L., 1930, Art. 6, secs. 235–237; 1927, ch. 270, secs. 1–3; 1931, ch. 174, secs. 1–3; 1941, ch. 79, secs. 235–237; 1943, ch. 825, secs. 235–237; 1945, ch. 443, sec. 235–237; 1948 Sp. Sess., ch. 26, secs. 235–237; 1965, ch. 27, secs. 235–237; amended in its entirety 5-13-2014 by Bill No. 2014-3]
Criteria for receipt of funds; use. The County Commissioners of Caroline County are hereby authorized and empowered to make annual payments in any amount to the volunteer fire companies of Caroline County for the purchase, repair or maintenance of fire-fighting equipment, provided that the fire companies remain active bodies and active fire-fighting organizations for the benefit of the County.
Distribution. Payment made pursuant to this Article shall be distributed as determined by the County Commissioners from time to time in consultation with the Budget Director and the volunteer fire companies.
The County Commissioners of Caroline County are hereby authorized and empowered to levy annually an amount determined by them for the above purposes on the assessable property of Caroline County.
Before the County Commissioners shall be required to pay the moneys levied for the purposes of this chapter to the respective fire companies, the Commissioners shall have the power to require the officers of volunteer fire companies to appear before them and show to the satisfaction of the Commissioners that any sums of money paid by the Commissioners to the volunteer fire companies under this article have been properly expended for the purposes set forth in this Article and also that the respective volunteer fire companies are active fire-fighting organizations.
In the event that any of the volunteer fire companies subject to this Article cease to remain active fire-fighting organizations or have not properly used the moneys appropriated to them for the sole purposes set forth in this Article, then the County Commissioners are authorized to pay to the other volunteer fire companies mentioned in this Article, in equal proportions, the unexpended moneys or to retain the same in the County treasury for general County purposes.
[Adopted by the County Commissioners 5-13-2014 by Bill No. 2014-3]
The Commissioners of Caroline County, Maryland, have established a volunteer firefighter Length of Service Award Program. The purpose of the Length of Service Award Program is to provide a benefit to individuals who have fulfilled specific service requirements as an active volunteer member of one of Caroline County's volunteer fire departments or companies. For the purposes of this Article, an "active member" is defined as a person who has accumulated a minimum number of points per calendar year, in accordance with the point system set forth in the Caroline County Length of Service Award Program as adopted by resolution of the County Commissioners and as may be amended from time to time by resolution.
Establishment and charge. A Length of Service Award Program Committee shall be constituted for the purpose of guiding the administration of the program on behalf of the Caroline County Commissioners and qualified members of Caroline County's volunteer fire departments and companies.
The Committee shall have no authority to enter into contracts on behalf of the County nor incur any obligation binding upon County government unless expressly authorized to do so by the County Commissioners.
Additional duties of members, terms of office, removal from office, appointment of officers, conduct of meetings, and other responsibilities of the Committee shall be established by resolution of the County Commissioners and as subsequently amended. The authority of the Committee shall be limited to those powers expressly set forth in or as allowed by this Article.
Establishment. Eligibility criteria, certification procedures, service benefits, and death benefits for the Length of Service Award Program shall be determined under program regulations adopted by resolution of the County Commissioners. No changes to the Length of Service Award Program shall be made by the County Commissioners without providing any proposed change to the Committee for review and recommendation.
Committee recommendation. The Committee shall make annual recommendations regarding program eligibility criteria, certification procedures, service benefits, and death benefits to the County Commissioners during the County's normal budgetary process.
Benefit adjustments. No adjustments to Length of Service Award Program benefits shall be made during a fiscal year unless there are sufficient funds available in the adopted annual budget to cover the adjusted program benefits.
Annual appropriation. The Length of Service Award Program shall be funded in the Caroline County annual budget in the amount necessary to pay all reasonably anticipated benefits for the fiscal year.
Reserve fund balance. In addition to providing funding through the annual budget, the County Commissioners shall maintain a dedicated and restricted reserve fund balance of at least $15,000.