EMS levy passes in county
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 5:42 PM
GLANDORF - Putnam County voters gave 57 approval for the Putnam County EMS .65 mill levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. The final vote was 4,140 for passage and 3,007 against passage. The levy will cost $22.50 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home.
"We will be good stewards of the money," said Anita Stechschulte, EMS chief.
Stechschulte said they won't see the money until next July, but will begin implementing some of the programs now since they know they will be receiving the money.
Steve Odenweller, the Putnam County EMS Coordinator, had said said the levy was necessary to provide additional staffing to reduce run response times, increase volunteer reimbursement and to increase education opportunities.
With passage of the levy the PCEMS program will be able to hire two additional full-time positions 24/7 which will include one paramedic and one EMT.
Odenweller had indicated this is needed to reduce response time in the county. He said this will provide additional needed responders when a medical emergency occurs.
"This new crew would respond as 'backup' to the volunteers," Odenweller said. "We are not eliminating our volunteer program, The levy would also provide volunteers with a $2 per hour increase for their hourly reimbursement for time on runs."
The levy money will also be used to provide community CPR, First-aid and other appropriate courses to aid in the overall well-being of the residents. These funds will also provide additional continuing education opportunities to PCEMS personnel.