HOPEDALE — A few Harrison County hearth departments shall be with out funding subsequent 12 months if a levy is just not handed within the Nov. 3 election.
Hopedale Hearth Chief Mark Marchetta stated he hopes voters will vote “sure” on the Silver Spade Joint Ambulance District ambulance levy. Marchetta stated the levy’s passage will decide whether or not the Hopedale and Cadiz hearth departments’ ambulance providers will stay full time, as federal funding for the departments is ready to expire subsequent 12 months. In 2018, the departments acquired a Safer Grant that has allowed for absolutely staffed ambulance providers; nonetheless, the funding is ready to run out in July.
“With no long-term funding answer to proceed for use for payroll, we are going to return to a volunteer division subsequent 12 months,” he stated.
Marchetta stated the levy would be the long-term funding answer the departments have to proceed to supply providers to native communities together with Cadiz Township, Inexperienced Township, the village of Cadiz and the village of Hopedale.
The division’s name volumes have greater than tripled because it turned a full-time division, he stated.
“Our name volumes have gone up considerably. As a volunteer division essentially the most calls we’ve ever answered was round 500 calls, and this 12 months we’re going to strategy 1,600 calls,” he stated.
Marchetta stated if the division had been compelled to return to volunteer standing, lots of these calls would fall on the shoulders of different departments and will imply a possible longer wait time in emergency conditions.
“If we’d return to a volunteer division, many, lots of these calls are going to turn into another person’s accountability and we don’t suppose that that’s acceptable,” he stated.
Marchetta stated the two.25-mill levy will value a taxpayer that has a property worth of $100,000 round $80 per 12 months. Nevertheless, as a result of a “uncommon” prevalence, taxpayers will nonetheless get monetary savings even when the brand new levy had been to cross, he stated.
“It’s uncommon that taxes go down, however due to the Harrison County College Board, they’re decreasing the varsity millage from 7.98 mills all the way down to 2 mills on the finish of 2020. So you possibly can vote “sure” to the Silver Spade District levy and nonetheless see a discount in your taxes, due to the varsity board decreasing college millage,” he stated.
Marchetta stated if the levy passes, common taxpayers will nonetheless see an annual tax discount of $128 due to the varsity district levy discount.
If anybody has any questions or considerations relating to the levy, name the Hopedale Hearth Division at 740-937-2333.
“When you’ve got any questions, please contact the hearth division and we are able to be sure that all of your questions are answered earlier than you go and vote,” he stated.
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