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69.771 Volunteer Firefighters' Relief Association Financing Guidelines Act; application.

Subdivision 1. Covered relief associations. The applicable provisions of sections 69.771 to 69.776 shall apply to any firefighters' relief association other than a relief association enumerated in section 69.77, subdivision 1a, which is organized under any laws of this state, which is composed of volunteer firefighters or composed partially of volunteer firefighters and partially of salaried firefighters with retirement coverage provided by the public employees police and fire fund and which operates subject to the service pension minimum requirements for entitlement and maximums contained in section 424A.02, or a special law modifying those requirements or maximums.

Subd. 2. Authorized employer support for a relief association. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a municipality may lawfully contribute public funds, including any applicable fire state aid, or levy property taxes for the support of a firefighters' relief association specified in subdivision 1, however organized, which provides retirement coverage or pays a service pension to retired firefighter or a retirement benefit to a disabled firefighter or a surviving dependent of either an active or retired firefighter for the operation and maintenance of the relief association only if the municipality and the relief association comply with the provisions of sections 69.771 to 69.776.

Subd. 3. Remedy for noncompliance; determination. Any municipality in which there exists a firefighters' relief association as specified in subdivision 1 which does not comply with the applicable provisions of sections 69.771 to 69.776 or the provisions of any applicable special law relating to the funding or financing of the association shall not qualify initially to receive, or be entitled subsequently to retain, fire state aid pursuant to sections 69.011 to 69.051 until the reason for disqualification is remedied, whereupon the municipality or relief association, if otherwise qualified, shall be entitled to again receive fire state aid for the year occurring immediately subsequent to the year in which the disqualification is remedied. The state auditor shall determine if a municipality to which a firefighters' relief association is directly associated or a firefighters' relief association fails to comply with the provisions of sections 69.771 to 69.776 or the funding or financing provisions of any applicable special law based upon the information contained in the annual financial report of the firefighters' relief association required pursuant to section 69.051.

HIST: 1971 c 261 s 1; 1977 c 429 s 63; 1979 c 201 s 1; 1980 c 509 s 19; 1982 c 460 s 6; 1983 c 289 s 114 subd 1; 1984 c 655 art 1 s 92; 1990 c 480 art 6 s 4

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