State disperses funds to fire departments
Kansas firefighter associations will receive more than $5.2 million this year, according to Kathleen Sebelius, insurance commissioner for the state.
Of that amount, $83,000 will go to fire departments in Leavenworth County.
Here's the breakdown for distribution of the funds to fire departments in Leavenworth County:
Alexandria Township, $2,619; Delaware Township, $14,478; Easton Township, $4,593; Kickapoo Township, $1,434; Leavenworth, $32,849; Reno Township, $3,078; Sherman Township, $7,792; Stranger Township, $1,982; Tonganoxie, $4,066; Tonganoxie Township, $2,960.
The funds are paid through the Firefighters Relief Fund, generated by a 2 percent tax on fire and lightning insurance premiums paid by Kansas residents the previous calendar year.
This year's $5.2 million comes close to last year's record-breaking payment of $5.4 million, officials said.
Statewide, this year the fund allotted $156,000 to the Kansas State Firefighters' Association to be used for educational purposes and research on fire prevention and extinguishing.
James Paine, Tonganoxie firefighter, said the money, which is distributed each year, assists in paying for the city's firefighter insurance.
There are 581 firefighters associations in Kansas.