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Changes Could Be Coming To Grant In Aid Funding

Posted: Jan 12, 2018 10:55 PM
By Timothy Parker


(REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.) - The Delaware House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass a bill which would create a committee for grant-in-aid which helps fund senior centers, fire departments and more.

"It's going to put in a justification purpose and they have to show what this money is being used for. we're talking about tax dollars," WRDE legal analyst, John Brady, said.

Essentially, fire departments and non-profits will have to prove where they're spending the money.

Warren Jones of the Delaware Firefighter's Association isn't concerned at all.

"We welcome being able to go over the public safety that we do to the citizens of Delaware so we would be happy for them to come visit us and we show them exactly what we do," said Jones.

This bill was born from last year's budget failure at the June 30th deadline. Legislators want to make sure grant-in-aid money is accounted for in advance

"And they'll put a bill together in place. It will be out sometime in June so it won't be a rush at the last minute," Brady said.

As for the firefighters, they hope this bill leads to more funding.

"We haven't had an increase in grant-in-aid in 15 years and to cut us 20 percent last year was very hurtful to some of the companies," Jones added.

While firefighters welcome the watchful eye of state government, this bill may not go so smoothly with others.

The bill's next step is to be voted on by the Senate. if it becomes law, it would be in place for the 2019 fiscal year, this July.