For the first time, the amount of money spent by the Village of Archbold on the paramedic program exceeded the amount paid to the village by the Fulton County Commissioners.
Council was given the information at its Monday, Jan. 21 meeting.
The program is not in danger, because over the 10-year life of the program, the village has built up a $544,999.37 cushion within the village general fund to operate the program.
Archbold Fire Department houses ALS-1 (Advanced Life Support). The ALS unit is staffed by AFD members trained as paramedics.
Fulton County pays Archbold $358,000 per year to operate ALS-1, an amount that was increased from $326,000 in 2012.
Archbold also received an additional $35,400 from transfer runs, for a total 2012 revenue figure of $393,400. The largest expenses for operating ALS-1 were salaries, which were $279,509, and benefits, which added another $106,548.02 in 2012.
Total expenses to the village totaled $395,445.78. When total expenses are subtracted from total revenue, the result is a $2,045.79 shortfall for 2012.
Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said village officials had forecast that the paramedic expenses would outstrip revenue in 2012.
Howell said council’s goal was to have enough money on hand to operate the program for at least one year without county revenue, in case voters failed to approve the two-mill property tax levy used to fund the service.