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Ambulance service levy would help pay for new ambulance

November 3, 2012
By KATIE SCHWENDEMAN - Staff Reporter ( , The Review

COLUMBIANA -A 2-mill ambulance service renewal levy will help pay for a new ambulance over the coming years, EMS Chief Tom Farley said.

The five-year levy on the Nov. 6 ballot is expected to generate $268,100 a year for the EMS department and will result in no tax increase to residents.

The owner of a $50,000 home currently pays $30.63 on the levy.

Farley said levy funding goes toward the general operations of the department, including the purchase of equipment and employee wages.

"We are looking at buying a new ambulance at the end of this year, beginning of next. There is always newer technology, better equipment, and we are always trying to keep up to date on that stuff," he said.

The department currently runs two ambulances, and a third 1984-model is used by the Explorer Post and as a spare when needed. The new ambulance would replace that one and be used as a spare, Farley said.

He said the department is experiencing a higher volume of emergency calls, and it's important to have a third ambulance available should the other two already be on calls.

"Third out calls are happening more frequently with an increase in call volume," he said, adding there have been at least eight cases this year that a third ambulance was needed.

The levy was originally put on the ballot in 2003 for 1.5-mills and was increased to 2-mills in 2008, he said.



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