Renewing the Central Lorain County Joint Ambulance District's levy should be an easy call for voters.
Issue 37, as the 1.15-mill levy appears on the ballot, brings in $356,236 per year for the district, which serves Oberlin and Kipton as well as Camden, Henrietta, New Russia and Pittsfield townships.
Mark McConnell, the Pittsfield Township trustee who chairs the ambulance district's board, told us that accounts for roughly one-third of the district's annual budget. The remaining money for the budget, which McConnell said is a little under $1 million, comes from receipts paid by the insurance of those who are given medical assistance and transportation by the ambulance crews.
McConnell said some money also comes from the $50 fee charged to those who don't have insurance. He said the district doesn't charge more because it already receives support from taxpayers in the form of the levy, which costs the owner of a $100,000 home $32.74 per year.
He said the levy money goes to keep the district's ambulances in operation, including a recently purchased one, and to provide other equipment such as power cots that will soon be added to the ambulances.
"We intend to provide the best possible service with the best financial cost possible," McConnell said.
The district's ambulance crews go on between 2,000 and 2,400 calls a year, which makes the cost the district is asking property owners to continue picking up a bargain.
Voters should continue to give the ambulance district the financial backing it needs for the next three years and support Issue 37.