gvfdExpenditures in the Golden Valley Fire District have been bloated by legal fees in the current budget. Chief Thomas O’Donohue told board members Wednesday that the district has spent $316,000 on legal fees so far this fiscal year. Board Chairman Paul Gorham said total legal expenditures could reach $350,000 by the end of June, but could be closer to $100,000 in the next spending plan. The lion’s share of the district’s legal expenses this year have been associated with pursuit of ambulance service, an effort that nears its end. A significant amount of unexpected legal expenses has occurred in extra billing hours for district attorney Bill Whittington and outside lawyers who’ve handled unanticipated chores with respect to personnel and finance administration matters. Chief O’Donohue led board members through a preliminary budget presentation, stating staff was working hard to trim expenditures wherever possible.