The Hahnville Volunteer Fire Department was forced to return $71,412 from a federal emergency grant last year after state officials determined the department had not maintained detailed time sheets accounting for labor costs that were incurred after Hurricane Katrina, according to a report released by the state’s legislative auditor Monday.
The department’s operating expenses for 2012, including repaying the money to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, amounted to $370,234, according to the audit.
Thanks in large part to the repayment, that figure was $55,529 higher than in 2011.
The department’s total revenue for the year was $423,001, up by $63,449 from 2011, which the audit partly attributed to an increase in sales tax collections.
Fire Chief Reggie Gaubert did not return a call for comment Monday.
The audit was submitted to the state Sept. 18 and was conducted by the accounting firm of T.S. Kearns & Co.