September 18, 2014

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Central Ambulance Fire District levy passes

Low-cost ambulance service for Camden, Henrietta, New Russia and Pittsfield townships as well as Kipton and Oberlin will continue with passage of Issue 13 on Tuesday.

The 1.15-mill renewal levy for the Central Ambulance Fire District passed decisively 1,942 to 1,173, a nearly 25 percent margin of victory, according to unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Elections.

The three-year levy will raise $363,400 annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $35.22 yearly.

“We’ve always tried to present a good product to the taxpayers at a minimal amount of tax dollars,” said Fritz Noble, district fiscal officer. “I’m very proud of that.”

The district has three ambulances that run out of Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin and about 30 emergency services personnel from the hospital run the service, according to Noble. Noble said insurance reimbursements allowed the district to run a surplus and propose lower levies.

It costs about $850,000 annually to run the district, but it earns $400,000 in revenue.

The district sought a 3-mill levy when it was formed in 2000, and it has been lowered each time it was placed on the ballot since then. A mill is $1 for every $1,000 or taxable property value.

Noble said it’s comforting to be able to provide low-cost ambulance service knowing that many people lack health insurance.

“We’re trying to protect our elderly and anyone who can’t afford to have insurance,” he said. “We’ve tried to protect them at minimum cost.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.