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Update: The Vollies Need Our Help!


Thanks to a huge tip from an anonymous reader for this story.

To summarize:

  • The Vollies put out a desperate call for financial help, in a community paper. Here
  • A reader commented asking where the money went from the sales of one of their properties. Here
  • The President of the Vollies responded by saying:

“This is the first year that I am president of the corporation. I haven’t gotten any answers in regards to the past books before I was sworn in October. The Fire Council (our board of directors) was supposed to have the answers. I don’t have any access to past books.”

The tipster was able to download and send to us the last couple of year’s worth of the Vollies IRS 990 forms. All of this information is public record and can be downloaded from the NY State Website and other sites. A 990 is a tax form that tax exempt organizations fill out yearly.

According to the 2005 tax form, the Vollies lot sold for $250,000 (netting them $244,923). Expenses for 2005 were about $130,000 (and we all know costs rise each year for most everything). The truck payment is $30k/year due in March. Insurance policies cost $40,000 in 2005 – sounds high but they have to insure the vehicles, the properties, members, patients, etc. Costs of utilities & telephone expenses, vehicle fuel & repair & maintenance, training, office supplies, postage & other miscellaneous items totaled another $60,000 – utilities & telephone alone were $30,000.

Even if costs remained the same for 2006 & 2007, the money from the sale of the lots would be used up already. Insurance & truck payments are due at the beginning of the year ($70,000), and, if you add 1/4 of the rest of the miscellaneous expenses, already for 2007 the Vollies have had to shell out at about $85,000.

Mrs. Garson insists that the financial records be audited. Audits are not required by the Attorney General’s Office for organizations that raise less than $100,000 from the public as audits are quite expensive.

We also read who the board members from 2005 were

2005 Board Members

  • Anne Demello – President
  • Doreen Garson – Vice President
  • Arthur Demello – Treasurer
  • Cathy Benecke – Sectary
  • John Czap – Sectary

Vollies Tax Returns

Are there any suggestions on how to Help the Vollies? We should come up with some ideas on how to make our community a better place to live.

1 comment to Update: The Vollies Need Our Help!

  • Anonymous

    well that was not a very clear answer. the community paid for those lots & was nevr notified of the impending deals… who was the real estate agent involved? sounds like a little improper activity to me