City, Township Arguing Over Money for Fire Rescue

July 16, 2012

Officials in South Dakota’s largest city and the supervisor of a nearby township are arguing over payment for fire rescue services.

An internal audit shows that Sioux Falls could owe Wayne Township more than $28,000 for money that was paid to the city but not credited. Sioux Falls auditors say the agreement is confusing and are recommending a compromise of nearly $17,000.

Wayne Township is west of the Sioux Falls city limits and home to about 1,000 people. The township struck a deal with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue after its volunteer fire department dissolved in 2004.

Township supervisor Patrick Doyle tells the Argus Leader that he wants to maintain a good working relationship with Sioux Falls, but hopes to negotiate a better deal than what the city if offering.

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