This interests me both as a citizen and as a retailer, and I thought that it might interest you too: apparently, there’s a debate in Logansport, Indiana regarding administrative oversight of the stipend provided for officer uniforms and firefighter personal protective equipment. The current system pays a yearly stipend in compliance with IRS regulations on taxable fringe employee benefits; however, Indiana Code requires cities to provide active members of police and fire departments with the arms, equipment, clothing, and uniforms to adequately perform their duties, and to provide an annual allowance to servicemen to furnish and maintain said equipment after one year of service.
We at Anchortex Corporation always appreciate the opportunity to work both with the individual public safety officer and the department buyer to help them maintain their budget goals and keep themselves adequately protected. It has always struck me as peculiar that someone should be taxed for the uniforms and tools required and expected to do their job, though. Hopefully, Logansport’s fire and police departments are keeping their equipment well-maintained, regardless of what the city council decides.
(Information courtesy of the Pharos Tribune)