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The town of LINCONVILLE, S.C, found out the bitter truth about the unpaid insurance payment which amounted to $11,000 in order to keep its Fire trucks up and rolling. The financially struggling city received a letter from S.C. Insurance Reserve Fund, that provides coverage to the town, to make an immediate payment of $28,498 in order for the insurance not be cancelled within 30 days of Aug, 25 and later on the deadline was extended until the month end.

The town got a breathing space to make the payments in installments, Mayor Tyrone Aiken so learned. But refused to comment on the amount of each installment. Michael Sponhour, public affairs director for the state Budget and Control Board, said this week that the first installment of $11,000 was due by the month end. Insurance is paid in installments by some thirty-two towns as quoted by Sponhour. The balance can also be paid in two other installments, second one is due in January and the last one by April, 30.

Since the town received the fateful letter, some concerned citizens were asking the status of the bill payment. On Sept, 27 the residents held a meeting at the fire station to know what was going on. In the situation where the matter of insurance was not yet decided, Charles Gantt the Fire Chief mentioned that none of their team members will drive any truck that is uninsured and was also looking at making alternate plans for the fire protection if the bill was not paid as planned.

Mayor Tyrone told a roomful of residents at the Council meeting mentioned the bill being overdue since recession has hit the town’s income and that was something that was not planned for. The total revenue budgeted for the year was $417,000, but the amount collected was $316,735.56. The Mayor also assured everybody present that the bill would be paid. The Mayor’s plans for availing insurance money paid include showing the door to some workers which shows the direct effect of recession this struggling town.

The layoffs, which included cutting the hours of some full-time workers, including Police chief Gary Hamner, lay off few part-time workers, that include some firefighters working for other departments as effective from Oct, 1.

Mayor Tyrone suggested that the Council will hold a workshop in January to appraise the town’s finances with a hope to rehire at the start of next year.

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