Controversy over a sketchy audit report for the United Volunteer Fire District in north Walton County has volunteers wondering when their funds will reach maximum capacity.
The independent fire district covers the rural areas of Woodlawn, south of DeFuniak Springs.
Walton County gives 93,000 a year in quarterly increments to the fire district.
October 1 was supposed to be the first payment of the new fiscal year, but the county denied funding the full amount based on an unsatisfactory audit report. It will now be the responsibility of the fire district to get a new audit report and present it to the county commissioners.
If a new audit meets the expectations of the county the fire district will receive its full funding.
Meanwhile, in the midst of this controversy, it’s been revealed the District Fire Chief has a crime record. Robert Nash was convicted of arson in 1983 for burning down his uncle's skating rink.
Chief Nash denies this and his co-workers believe it is not a reflection on how well he does now.
Walton County is only currently funding needed repairs such as on fire trucks for the United Fire District.