Republicans are responding to Democratic campaign complaints that the city is delaying payment of allowances to the four volunteer fire companies that are used to pay their insurance premiums. For the current fiscal year, the Board of Aldermen allocated $10,000 each \u2014 or $40,000 in total \u2014 to the fire companies to be used for expenses. In the past, Democratic Alderman Jack Finn said, the amount allocated by the Board of Aldermen has been paid to the fire companies on a timely basis. Republican Mayor Mark Lauretti, said the fire companies have only received $1,500 so far this fiscal year because that is the amount called for in the city ordinance. \u201cIt\u2019s the ordinance that dictates how much we give,\u201d Lauretti said. \u201cWe have to stop going against the ordinance.\u201d The mayor suggested the Board of Aldermen should update the ordinance. Clarifying payments Aldermanic President John F. Anglace Jr., a Republican, said the city is trying to clarify what type of insurance coverage and policies the four fire companies have now. He said this process has been slowed down because not all the companies have provided the requested information to the city. Anglace said the city wants to make sure the insurance coverage isn\u2019t being duplicated through other policies, and that it is consistent among the different fire companies. He said the $1,500 given to the fire companies may be spent at their own discretion, and he expects the city to cover other insurance payments out of the remaining $34,000 budgeted for all the companies. \u201cWe\u2019re OK with that,\u201d Anglace said. Because the ordinance requires paying $1,500, he said, paying more that that means \u201cwe have to justify the difference.\u201d Ordinance amount hasn\u2019t changed Anglace said the current ordinance with the $1,500 amount hasn\u2019t been changed since the early 1990s. Finn, who also is a volunteer firefighter, said the fire companies have received letters from the city requesting information on their insurance payments and stating the premiums should be reimbursed by the city. The important thing is that the fire companies be reimbursed for their insurance costs in a timely manner, Finn said. He said he supports changing the ordinance to increase the annual allowance to the fire companies.