On the tail end of the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday Feb. 26, County Administrator Kathleen Guzi covered the financial picture of the former Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department. According to Supervisor Jack Leffel, Guzi covered the question many had been asking. “There has been an audit and it is complete. But due to the SCC involvement, too, the findings have not been released,” he said.
At the root of the question is what happened to the BVFD financially before Botetourt County Emergency Services took over the Department in November of 2012. Since then, the Town of Buchanan has been donated buildings by Botetourt County that belonged to the BVFD including many on the Carnival grounds. The Town of Buchanan will run the carnival which was a money maker in the past for the BVFD with funds being split between the county EMS and the Town for upkeep of the buildings and grounds.
Citizens across the county had expressed concern on the Botetourt View in comments online as to what happened to the BVFD’s finances that brought the county into the picture. “She told the board more information should be available in the March meeting,” Leffel noted.