Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin is defending his department’s use of a pool of money that is allocated and spent outside the control of the City Council.
The Foreign Fire Insurance Fund is a tax paid by out-of-state companies from the receipts they collect from the sale of insurance policies to Illinois residents. The money is collected by the Illinois Municipal League and sent directly to fire departments around the state, each of which decides how to spend the money.
Critics call it a “slush fund,” but Fustin rejects that characterization. Appearing live on 970 WMAY’s “Bishop On Air,” Fustin said the money pays for equipment and other essentials that the department’s official city budget doesn’t cover.