A yes vote for EMS levy will not raise taxes
To the Editor:
Dear residents of North Royalton, on Tuesday, May 7, the citizens of North Royalton will have the opportunity to renew the current fire department EMS Levy. This levy was initiated in 1988 to bring advanced paramedic level of care to our community and was renewed in 1993 to continue to help provide that emergency medical service.
Immediate paramedic EMS care is provided 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The money from this levy helps pay the operating costs of the fire department, which provides the EMS service for the community.
Each year, over 75 percent of all emergency calls made to the fire department involve emergency medical service. Last year alone the fire department responded to 1,982 EMS-related incidents out of a total of 2,840 calls. These incidents involve cardiac related issues, respiratory emergencies, cardiac arrest, sudden illness, motor vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, burn injuries, trauma and pediatric emergencies.
These are real emergencies that too frequently are critical and need immediate care. In the past five years, paramedic care and transport was provided to nearly 7,600 people in our community. That is a 10 percent increase from the previous 5-year total.
Renewing the EMS Levy will not increase your taxes. We have worked hard to maintain and even exceed the excellent level of paramedic service over the years. Just last year, the fire department. along with Parma Hospital, updated our EMS protocols to allow us to provide even better advanced life support care. The fire department also upgraded three of our cardiac monitors through a $78,000 grant that was received last year. These upgrades enhance service delivery of the Code STEMI program for heart attack patients as well.
Presently, the estimated cost of the EMS levy for a $100,000 home is $27.25 annually. Please take a moment to consider the value this cost can deliver for you and your family. When all of the information is considered, we hope you will decide that the EMS levy is worth your support and vote for Issue 5. If you have any questions regarding the service that the fire department provides our community, do not hesitate to contact me at 440-237-4315.
Thank you for your continued support.
Robert J. Chegan