June 29, 2016

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LST levy to appear on ballot

Lisa Hlavinka | The Gazette

MEDINA — City Council voted unanimously Monday night to put a Life Support Team renewal levy on the fall ballot.

Council determined the 2.2-mill, five-year renewal levy would be sufficient to maintain the level of LST services Medina General Hospital has provided in the past, At-large Councilwoman Linda Hoffman said.

Based on information comparing what the levy is estimated to bring in with the average annual cost to provide LST, Hoffman said the city “would be able to maintain a positive cash flow without increasing the amount citizens pay,” if voters renew the levy.

The levy would generate $993,700 per year to provide Medina’s share of LST coverage, Finance Director Keith Dirham said. It would cost a homeowner $51.43 annually per $100,000 assessed property valuation, he said.

“This is not an increase,” Dirham said. “It is what residents have paid for ambulance and emergency medical service for years.”

LST also provides services to Medina, Montville and York townships. The levy covers operational and equipment costs, Hoffman said.

Hoffman said the city chose to put the levy on the November ballot as a cost-saving measure, since the city also will be holding elections for other positions, including council seats.

“Rather than incur the cost of a special election, it made sense as a cost-saving measure to put the levy on the ballot this fall,” she said.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@ohio.net.