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Leaner times predicted for Mid-Mo Ambulance district

Leaner times predicted for Mid-Mo Ambulance district

January 21st, 2018 by David Wilson in Local News

In this October 2017 photo, a Mid-Mo ambulance is shown outside the garage at its base in California.

Photo by Kevin Labotka /News Tribune.

The Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board, at its regular monthly meeting Jan. 10, made a change and set the next meeting for Feb. 15.

The board was informed by Marshall Decker, of Decker, and DeGood, of Springfield of the results of the 2016-17 fiscal year audit. According to Decker, the financials were "clean." The board approved the audit as presented.

Decker added that he could see some leaner times ahead for the district.

Administrator Lee Kempf commented that sales tax payments received in 2017 were less compared to 2016. He doesn't know why this is the case, since he knows that sales tax collections in Morgan County were up. He plans to investigate to find out why.

He also presented the board with a print-out to show percentages of expenses on the budget for the current fiscal year, to date. With the cash flow being very tight, Kempf discussed the possibility of a line of credit at the bank for $50,000 or so, to avoid any future shortages.

Kempf said there have been no bids received on the old base in California, in spite of several people having earlier expressed interest in it. He plans to look into listing the property, and after discussion, it was decided to also get an appraisal.

Other business

The treasurer's report showed, for the month of December of 2017, a balance of funds on hand of $186,722.41. This is down from the amount of the month of November of $217,115.26.

Run statistics for December, 2017, were: Tipton, 59 calls with 45 transports; California, 76 calls, 49 transports; Versailles, 172 calls, 122 transports. District-wide, there were 307 calls with 216 transports for a transport rate on patient contact calls of 78.8 percent.

The next regular meeting is set for Feb. 15 at the Tipton district office.