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LPVRS holding public hearing for request to increase the Emergency Service Tax for the 8th Election District - 20 Febuary 2018 6 PM - Station 39
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By Past Chief Mark Miller
February 9, 2018

After receiving County Commissioner approval to proceed, the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad (LPVRS) will be holding a public meeting on 20 February at 6 PM at Station 39 (21685 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park) to provide the citizens of ST. Mary's county comment on our request to increase the Emergency Services tax rate on the 8th election district from $0.017 to $0.023. LPVRS is the busiest volunteer rescue squad in the state of Maryland. In FY2017 we responded to 7,461 calls for assistance. That is more then double the next closest squads call volume. Our volunteers provided 58,652 hours of services to the citizens of St. Mary’s county. Those volunteers enabled us to have the lowest “Did Not Respond” (DNR) percentage rate (0.3%) of any volunteer rescue squad in the county. Over the last ten years the officers and membership of LPVRS have worked hard to get the most out of every dollar we received from the citizens and county government. We have tackled increasing costs by limiting or reducing improvements to our required equipment, ambulance remount/refurbishment vice new ambulances, and reducing internal company cost through good financial practices. All of this has helped us a great deal but cannot provide us the required savings to continue at the current tax rate. Below is a listing of the major factors that contributed to this request:

1. Adjustment to our capital vehicle replacement program from an 8-year replacement cycle to a 6-year replacement cycle. This change is required due to increased wear and tear on our fleet due to the increase in call volume. Fleet vehicles cannot be maintained to the required level of availability if held for 8 years.
2. Six year replacement cycle will require the replacement of two ambulances on FY2020 and FY2022. This can only be accomplished by the creation of a Vehicle Replacement Savings account in which we input one and one half the cost of the new ambulance replacement cost. Annual input through fiscal year 2024 will be $360,000.
3. Both Ford and Chevrolet no longer will produce Van Style Type III ambulance chassis that are diesel and support our required ambulance weight/payload. This will force changing to a Ford F450 Type I modified chassis. This will also force procurement of new ambulance vice remounting /refurbishing our existing ambulance (Remounting has been done for the last 10 years). This increases our replacement costs by $60,000 to $70,000 per ambulance

Based on an estimated 12887 properties in the Eighth Election District, the increase is expected to average $17.27 per property in the first year. Each property will be impacted differently.

LPVRS provides high quality and professional all volunteer Emergency Medical Services to the citizens of ST. Mary's county and we are honored to do so. We look forward to meeting our community and answering any questions they might have on this important request. Attached is the LPVRS public hearing package available for review.

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