FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Community Joint Emergency Ambulance District is asking the residents in its service area to approve a replacement levy to help fund the EMS department.
According to Chief Rick Lanuzza, there is some confusion in the community as to which entity is requesting the levy.
“There are two separate groups in Fredericktown — ambulance and fire,” Lanuzza told the News. “We have our own boards, but we have the same coverage area.”
It is the ambulance district that is seeking voter approval on Nov. 6.
The area includes 118 square miles and includes the village of Fredericktown, Morris, Pike, Berlin, Wayne and Middlebury townships. The board is made up of representatives from those areas.
Lanuzza said the levy funds, if approved, would go toward general fund expenses including equipment, supplies and manpower. Two part-time EMS staff are on site at all times. Shifts are either 12 or 24 hours and there are no full-time staff to eliminate the need to pay for benefits, Lanuzza said.
The department continues to utilize volunteers, who are also eligible for part-time shifts. He said the volunteers step up if there is a particularly heavy call volume or if there is a special event.
The department averages 700 calls a year.
The 0.60-mill levy will generate approximately $100,900 per year, based on the current tax valuation, according to Jonette Curry, Knox County auditor. This replacement will generate $16,000 more per year than the previously approved levy.
If approved, homeowners will be assessed $21 per every $100,000 of market value on their property.
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