Archbold, OH

Council Concerned Over Diversion Of County EMS Funds

Members of Archbold Village Council are concerned about the diversion of funds from the emergency medical service account to the county general fund.

The issue was discussed during council’s Monday, Jan. 9 meeting.

The county EMS system gets revenue from two sources: money received from property taxes, and money received from bills for EMS services provided.

The county charges all of those transported by countyowned EMS units.

If a patient lives within Fulton County, the county will accept only what the patient’s insurance company will pay.

Patients who live outside Fulton County are responsible for the full amount.

Late last year, the commissioners decided to take 40% of the money from EMS bills and redirect it to the general fund.

Vond Hall, Fulton County administrator, said the redirection of funds was necessary to prop up the general fund, after the State of Ohio cut the amount of money it shared with counties.

Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, said council took no formal action on the issue.

He said the consensus is councilmen are concerned about whether the reallocation of EMS billing revenue is appropriate.

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