By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Ambulance District has approved a budget of $387,564 for 2015, compared to $342,625 for this year.
The budget was approved at the Boyceville Ambulance District’s September 10 meeting and represents a 13 percent increase over this year’s budget.
Increases in the budget include $5,000 more for EMT and driver wages; $3,300 more for training; $3,000 more for runs that cannot be collected; $25,000 to recover budget deficits; and $10,000 for depreciation expense.
The ambulance service is “chipping away” at the budget deficit, said Matt Feeney, ambulance service director.
The year’s budget included $140,000 in collections from Life Quest, but the service has collected $157,000 so far, he said.
The training expense will increase for next year because all of the EMTs will be required to get recertification, Feeney noted.
So far this year, the Boyceville ambulance has had 174 calls for service, he said.
Assessments for 2015 have increased for all municipalities, except for the Town of New Haven, which decreased by about $300.
For 2015, the Town of Hay River will pay $36,355, compared to $32,318 for 2014.
For next year, the Town of New Haven will pay $23,330, compared to $23,678 for 2014.
The Town of Sheridan will pay $9,123, compared to $5,680 for this year.
The Town of Sherman will pay $24,439, compared to $17,579 for 2014.
The Town of Stanton will pay $41,095, compared to $30,039.
The entire Town of Tiffany, as of January 1, will be in the Boyceville ambulance district and will pay $34,408.
The Village of Boyceville will pay $74,314, compared to $61,437 for 2014.
Assessments are based on a per capita standby charge of $25.66, in addition to a run charge of $1,162 that is assessed by the number of runs to the municipality in 2013.
As of September 10, the Boyceville Ambulance District had funds on hand of $9,925.87 with bills to pay of $5,205.
The ambulance service had expenses of $16,794 in August.
Ground-breaking for the new ambulance station in Boyceville was expected to occur on Friday or Monday, Feeney said.
Once construction is started, it will take about a week to put up the structure, and then work can begin on the inside, he said.
The building is expected to be completed by the end of November, and the Boyceville EMTs hope to be moved in before Christmas, Feeney said.