NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Residents likely will see two renewals on the ballot this spring, continuing funding streams for the city’s paramedics and library.
The city will ask voters to increase the paramedic levy by an 0.50 mill, taking the 1.75-mill renewal up to a 2.25-mill, five-year levy. The additional revenue would allow the city to hire additional paramedics to keep all three of its ambulances fully staffed. Currently, according to Council President Kevin Corcoran, the department requires three paramedics on board an ambulance to be able to transport patients. Its current staffing allows for only two of its three ambulances to be fully staffed — with the third ambulance only having two personnel. That third ambulance can treat people at scenes, but must call for backup to be able to transport, he said.
“What we talked about during appropriations time was the need for an additional three firefighters,” Corcoran said, “which would allow us then to round out that crew to make them a three-man (crew). Monday’s legislation sent the request to the county, asking for a report for what the additional 0.50 mill will cost taxpayers.
Once officials receive that information, Council will need to pass another ordinance to put the request on the May 7 ballot.
“We’re at a population point where we felt it was necessary to ask for this, and we’ll see what the county comes up with, what the numbers will come out to be,” Corcoran said.
Benefiting the Lorain Public Library System — including the North Ridgeville branch — a 1.91-mill, five-year renewal levy also will be on the ballot this spring. According to the resolution’s text, it will generate about $1.37 million.
“The Library’s been a vital component of our community for a long time, and with the renewal every five years, it’s just time,” he said.
“They provide a lot of services between story time and not only the books but magazines, newspapers, movie. They cover almost everything these days and they have a lot of great programs there, so it’s important for the community to support them so they can continue to provide those programs and services.”