The Fabius Township Board has selected a proposal to increase township support for the Three Rivers Fire Department Ambulance Service over a five-year period.
The action came on a 4-to-nothing vote during the board’s July meeting Wednesday evening (July 11). Trustee Dave Brueck was absent.
Supervisor John Kroggel reviewed the proposal that emerged from recent Community Development Meeting (CDM) activity in which the ambulance service has been discussed. The deliberations have included conversation about the disparity between the financial support rendered by the city, where an ambulance millage is levied, and the support from Fabius, Lockport and Park townships through payment of a yearly subsidy.
The City of Three Rivers developed a proposal for narrowing the gap over a three-year period with a gradual increase in the subsidy from the townships. Township officials, while open to the idea of boosting township support for the ambulance service, asked for increasing the support over a longer period of time and the city responded with a ‘counter proposal’ over a five-year period.
In his review, Kroggel said the five-year proposal “would actually save the township $16,000” and explained that the city – based on feedback from the townships – would “draft a proposal for the townships to review.” He said, “We’re not asking tonight for approval of the proposal that doesn’t exist.” Kroggel said, “I don’t see any real gain in the first proposal. The second proposal softens the increase and, overall, saves us some money.” (John Kroggel audio clip – 2:28)
The vote in favor of the counter proposal for an increase in the ambulance subsidy over a five-year period followed.
The counter proposal – spanning a five-year period from 2013 through 2017 – calls for a subsidy of $7 per capita from the townships in 2013 (up from $4 in 2012), $8 in 2014, $10 in 2015, $12 in 2016, and $14 in 2017.