NAKINA, NC (WECT) – More than two dozen rescue workers with Nakina Fire and Rescue in Columbus County say they haven't been paid since March 2013.
The workers who went before county commissioners Monday night are upset commissioners didn't vote to pay them.
According to County Attorney Mike Stephens he advised commissioners not to pay workers until a lawsuit between two boards claiming to be over the fire and rescue department is settled.
"We've paid our tax money. We've fulfilled our county contract. They can turn it over to our account and he can take care of our stuff like he's always done," said Lynn Reeves, a rescue responder.
"We have one lady who recently lost her husband. She actually had some medical issues herself. That's a hardship. She's a single lady. She needs her money. We have one that works seasonal at the beach. He depends on this money during the year. He needs his money," added Debbie Ward, a rescue responder.
Many workers are concerned with how this will impact filing taxes. Plus, they say they have to spend their own money to maintain ambulances, supplies, and building. But they tell us, they will continue to do their jobs, even if it's uncertain when they will get paid.
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