The state's tobacco tax revenue has become the main source of funding for small volunteer fire departments across the Wiregrass.
State Representative Warren Beck presented the honors. He gave each of the 11 volunteer fire chiefs in Geneva County a $1,100 check. It’s their portion of the tobacco tax funds.
With fewer smokers statewide, the revenue is declining annually. For smaller departments like Bellwood and Flat Creek, revenue is needed.
Members of the Alabama Forestry Commission took part in the check presentation. Last year, a fire tax initiative failed in Geneva County.