Since Fulton County's ambulance service levy was approved by voters in 2001, the cost of operating the agency has increased. That's why county commissioners are seeking a two-mill increase in taxpayer support along with renewal of the existing levy.
In 2001, the owner of a $100,000 paid about $70 a year for the EMS service. With approval of the increase, the cost in 2017 would increase to about $118.
“It’s the desire of every fire chief in Fulton County to continue to provide the high quality and efficient EMS service that our citizens deserve," said Archbold chief Andy Brodbeck. "It has never been our ambition to ask for unnecessary additional funding, however, due to increased expenses including labor, health, equipment and supplies, with most being magnified by more stringent state regulations, we are at a point that additional revenue is necessary in order to continue with the quality EMS services that are being provided today.”
The county-wide service began due a concern about attracting an adequate number of volunteers to provide an ambulance service. The levy pays for paid staff to back up the volunteers.
The renewal and increase request will appear on Nov. 3 general election ballot.