With costs up, paramedics seek ambulance district tax bump

By Catherine Gabe - cgabe@civitasmedia.com

To keep pace with medical needs and costs, the South Lorain County Ambulance District will ask voters March 15 for a 3.25-mill levy renewal and increase.

“This will help us offset some of our increased expenses,” said Dave Knapp, SLCAD executive director.

The renewal levy is expected to bring in $801,023 annually for five years. It would cost $100.63 for every $100,000 of property you own — an increase of $8.75 annually.

“For 10 years we have actually cut ourselves and with the increased cost of everything — medical supplies, equipment, vehicles, building maintenance and all that — it’s needed,” he said.

In 2006, SLCAD had two levies totalling 4.5 mills, which were reduced to 3.5. In 2011, it was reduced by another half-mill.

SLCAD provides service to Wellington village and township, Rochester village and township, and Brighton, Penfield, and Huntington townships.

The district covers 125 square miles and the service handles about 1,100 calls annually.

“I have not heard anything negative,” Knapp said of prospects for passage of Issue 27. “I think everyone loves us and to keep where we’re at with our equipment and capabilities we need to continue the levy.”

Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.

By Catherine Gabe