By Jean A. Flanagan
Following a public hearing where several line items were discussed and clarified, the Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority Board of Directors voted to approve a budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The fiscal year begins July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2019.
The HCEAA Board met on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Questions raised included the items identified as fuel and professional services.
According to Director of EMS Derek Alt, the fuel budget at $15,000 is motor vehicle fuel.
Board member William “JR” Keplinger asked if the amount budgeted was sufficient. “I think you’re cutting that a little close,” he said.
Alt said he was comfortable with the budgeted amount, not withstanding a major increase in gasoline or diesel prices at the pump.
Alt also explained the Professional Services included the cost of billing, CPA services and audits.
The budget showed income and expenses at $781,235, with $464,160 total personnel costs. This includes salaries, FICA and taxes, health insurance, worker’s compensation and retirement. The expenses also show a $75,000 stipend to Fraley Ambulance Service and Wardensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. The stipend is loosely based on the number of calls for service.