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Centre County fire department speaks out about financial committee fallout

By: Erin Calandra and WJAC Web Staff

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa.---The Port Matilda Fire Department's finance committee stepped down unexpectedly last week.

President, Steven Kibe said they're grateful for the committee and sad to see them go, but now they're trying to figure out their financial future.

"We do not want to have finances; it's just not what we do. We fight fires and help people in accidents, things like that, he said.

Kibe said he's surprised that all six members of the finance committee resigned.

"We wanted more info on reports municipalities wanted info they were not provided, he said.

A representative of the Upper Bald Eagle Half Moon Council of Government, also known as COG, said the committee asked for more money in the Fire Department's budget, but when asked why, they couldn't provide documents.

Kibe said they offered to help them with the paperwork, "We didn't think it was bad that they would step down."

The company, covering five municipalities, works with a $100,000 budget.

Kibe said the financial committee did a great job and now they need to find someone to keep them on track.     

"We are out of debt, have a gain and are hoping for new equipment, he said.

The department is meeting with all five municipalities to make a plan for the future.

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