Over the next week or so, local property owners will receive a notice of public hearings to be held in regard to the service plan for a proposed North Fork Ambulance Health Service District. This is part of a proactive plan to ensure funding for ambulance service in the North Fork valley, according to a press release from the North Fork Ambulance (NFA).
The NFA board has determined that establishing a special district is the most effective way to ensure funding for the necessary ambulance service to the community while maintaining the response times and preserving the professionalism and high standard of care that is currently provided.
The public hearing notices are required by law and is one of the many steps to move forward with a plan to ask North Fork Valley voters to establish a special district and approve funding for ambulance service in the form of a mill levy.
Since 1969 the North Fork Ambulance has been challenged with providing reliable ambulance service and quality care with the fastest response time possible. Over these 49 years this service has been funded through membership fees, grants, donations and ambulance transport fees.
According to NFA, this vital service has never received public funding. Today, the income sources are not keeping pace with rising expenses, creating a budget shortfall.
Fortunately due to careful and conservative stewardship, reserve funds have been built to ensure the North Fork Ambulance is able to continue to function by covering the budget shortfalls and can continue to do so for a finite period of time. Through financial analysis, it is clear that for this service to continue and have the flexibility to meet the needs of the future, the current financial structure must evolve. Please visit www.NorthForkAmbulance.com for more information and watch for continued coverage in the DCI.
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