Financial issues were discussed and plans made at the July-August meeting of the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District Board of Directors.
The property tax levy was approved at the ceiling allowed by the state auditor. The ceiling was raised from the previous year. The new levy will generate $285,457 in tax revenue, an increase of $3,524 from a year ago.
|Assessed property in the district rose in value over the previous year by $1.18 million. Personal property dropped in value by $3.37 million and was offset by real estate property values increasing by $4.5 million.|
|Dawnata Hopkins, accountant from The CPA Group, presented a report on the audit for 2009. Total revenue for the 2009 fiscal year was up by 11 percent or nearly $100,000. Expenses were down by over $1,400.||Hopkins attributed the improved balance to increased runs, lower fuel costs and a conservative budget to pay off existing debts. Revenues exceeded expenses by over $111,500. Property taxes brought in $286,847 for the year.|
|Board members decided to add money to a $74,000 certificate of deposit that was rolling over and purchase a $100,000 CD for one year. Two other CDs were allowed to roll over for another six months.|
Operations manager Jim Liaromatis has been off duty on a worker's compensation leave. Board members voted Liaromatis should be discharged from employment upon his return pending the explanation of unauthorized fuel purchases. Action was also left pending on any information or direction provided by the district's legal counsel, James Kelly.
Andy McCaslin became interim manager of operations in July in Liaromatis's absence.
The only other staffing change made during the two-month period included putting paramedic Nick Mercer up to full-time status from parttime.
Ambulance activity was lower in both June and July than a year ago. June had the lowest number of runs since 2005 while July was back to 2007 and 2008 levels.
In June, crews answered 203 calls and transported 164 patients. They took 53 to Cox Monett Hospital, 62 to Springfield hospitals, nine to Joplin hospitals, eight to St. John's-Cassville and six to St. John's-Aurora.
In July, crews answered 192 calls and transported 145 patients. They took 44 to Cox Monett Hospital, 49 to Springfield hospitals, 11 to Joplin hospitals, six to St. John's-Cassville and 10 to St. John's-Aurora.
Six runs were picked up from other services in June, resulting in two transports to Springfield, one to Joplin and two to Cassville. One run was turned over to another service when both ambulances were out on calls.
Crews picked up five runs from other services in July. Two resulting runs went to Cassville and others went to Aurora, Neosho and Joplin. One call was turned over to another service when both on-duty vehicles were on runs.
Keeping up with staffing demands resulted in the scheduling of 480 hours of overtime in June and 320 in July. An additional 99 hours were added in June and another 110 hours of overtime was paid in July.
Various classes were offered during the summer. McCaslin got clearance for district employees to attend a pediatric advanced life support class that will be offered by MedFlight for services in Newton County and Jasper County. A driving class was scheduled in August. Continuing education units were offered to the staff through the district's website.
The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14.