November 25, 2017

Auditor says EMS will need funds to continue operations

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MIO — County Auditor Jim Anderson said the Oscoda County EMS needed funding to continue operations at an April 25 board of commissioners workshop.

Anderson said the service would need $170,000 in order to continue current operations. He said two large strains on the budget were salary and fringe benefits.

“We really need to take a hard look at this pretty quickly,” Anderson said.

Anderson predicted that the service could continue the way it is until August or September. However, past this date, he said commissioners would either need to cut back on services or find an additional way to increase revenue.

One way he suggested would be to pass a half-mill levy to help close the deficit.

If this were done, a resident with a home with an assessed taxable value of $40,000 would pay an extra $20 a year to help close the funding gap for the service.

The EMS service currently receives one mill for the services it provides for the county. The millage hasn’t been changed since 2002 and is set to expire Dec. 31, 2017.

No motions were made during the workshop regarding the service. However, Chairwoman Brandy Wright, whose resignation became effective after the workshop, recommended forming a committee to look at solving the funding gap.

“You really need to dissect this and it’s not going to take five minutes,” Anderson said.

The next board of commissioners meeting will be held May 9 in the annex at 10 a.m. with a commissioners’ workshop an hour prior to the meeting.

For more information on this story, see this week’s issue of the Oscoda County Herald.

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