BOCC raises tentative millage

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:54 AM.

The adjustment was downsizing revenue estimates out of EMS.

Sherry Herring from the Clerk of Courts said she believed an estimate of $916,000 in revenue for EMS, which operates on run costs, was optimistic.

 “I believe that revenue estimate is too high,” Herring said.

She recommended, based on history, that commissioners carve $200,000 off that number.

Commissioners decided, at least for now, to bump the millage to accommodate the reduction in revenue projections.

County administrator Don Butler said staff is still looking at the EMS budget for potential cuts and that proposals are due next month on privatization of ambulance service, either of which could mitigate the revenue adjustment.

There is also an ongoing thorn for commissioners in the EMS budget – the failure of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf to compensate for ambulance runs from that hospital to another facility.

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