Spending by Tri-State Fire District called into question
DARIEN – The Tri-State Fire Protection District provides firefighting and paramedic services to parts of Burr Ridge, Darien, Willowbrook, unincorporated DuPage County and now Willow Springs with a $13.7 million budget, according to the Better Government Association (BGA).
According to BGA though, the district has "less-than-thrifty spending habits," with tax dollars going to steak and lobster dinners, bonuses, new Ford Expeditions and legal bills, among other questionable expenditures.
These are the latest findings in a months-long investigation that has led to two other BGA reports on the agency. One exposed the late-career raises that boosted the retirement pay of three high-ranking officials – deals that could cost taxpayers an additional $1.5 million in pension payments, according to the BGA.
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