(Posted Oct. 5, 2016)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Madison County Emergency Medical District is on the Nov. 8 ballot with a request for replacement of its 3-mill, five-year operating levy. A replacement would bring tax collections in line with current property valuations.
Currently, the levy generates $1,122,731 per year and costs the taxpayer $67.68 per $100,000 of property valuation per year. If the replacement passes, the levy would generate $1,449,408 per year and cost the taxpayer $105 per $100,000 of property valuation.
The additional funds would help the district to offset increased costs incurred due to an increased number of runs. In 2011, crews went out on 2,389 runs. In 2015, the total was 3,227.
Chief Robert Olwin noted that Medicare pays the district only a certain portion of a run bill, and that portion has decreased since the institution of the Affordable Care Act. The additional levy funds would help to make up some of that difference, he said.
“We also want to establish a true building fund to remodel our existing facility or build a new one somewhere,” Olwin said. “So, some of the levy money would go into a building fund each year.”
The district has replaced three of its medics in the last four years and hopes to replace the fourth vehicle in 2018.
The Madison County Emergency Medical District covers 233 square miles, providing emergency services and safety and prevention education to residents in London and Deercreek, Monroe, Oak Run, Paint, Somerford and Union townships.
The staff includes 12 full-time personnel, 29 part-time personnel, and one fiscal clerk.
A seven-member board, with representation from the city and townships, serves as the district’s governing body and meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the station, 40 E. Center St. in London.
For more information about the district, call the station at (740) 852-5390.