Tuesday April 1, Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R-Mt. Auburn) supported House File 2459, a bill that increases the tax credit for volunteer firefighter and volunteer emergency medical services personnel. It also adds reserve peace officers to those eligible for the credit.

Last year the legislature supported and the governor signed a new credit for individual income tax for volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel. The credit equals $50 if the volunteer served for the entire tax year or is prorated on the number of months served. The bill that passed Tuesday increases that credit to $100 and also includes reserve peace officers.

“Our friends and neighbors volunteering as firefighters, EMS and reserve peace officers continually go above and beyond serving our communities. These folks keep us and our families’ safe at all hours of the day and night, said Pettengill. “I’m proud to support this credit increase for these volunteers.”

The bill passed the House and was sent to the Senate for their consideration.