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Vote'Yes' on Paramedic Levy: Letter

Writer says impact is immediate, long-standing and life-saving.

With every election season comes a bombardment of information regarding candidates and issues. Most choices are portrayed in stark terms with drastic consequences to follow if a candidate or issue is not supported. However, a real contrast is present with Avon Lake Issue 10 or “the paramedic levy.”

At stake is whether emergency medical services are available to resuscitate the heart attack victim, stop the bleeding of the injured motorist, or provide life-saving transportation for the sick or injured child. Issue 10 is about assuring emergency medical services are there for us. Without we are taking a gamble on the lives and well-being of our families. Without Issue 10 we are taking the risk that if and when emergency medical services are needed, the response time will not be quick enough and the scope of care not broad enough to make a difference.

While it may be easy to overlook Issue 10 as just another issue or just another request for money, its impact is immediate, long-standing, and life-saving. Join me on Nov. 6 and vote YES for Avon Lake Issue 10.

Scott W. Gedeon

Avon Lake

SK October 04, 2012 at 10:44 AM
I support issue 10. I also support the school levy. I can only afford one -barely! Just because I live in Avon Lake, doesn't mean I am rich. Both issues are important, but the reality is I can only choose one.
Candace Ashton October 04, 2012 at 11:45 AM
If I understand correctly, the issue is for paramedic services AND city services. I think it is unfortunate that the issue was not clearly labeled. I will vote for this issue not only because of the critically important paramedic services but because of the many city services from which we all benefit. We must have crossing guards to protect young children. We enjoy many city services that other communities do not have. We have good snow removal. We do not have to bag leaves or tree branches. These services all require personnel and equipment which costs money.
David Dibbell October 04, 2012 at 01:03 PM
As a one-time beneficiary of our EMS after a motorcycle accident, I will vote for this levy. As I laid in the middle of Lake Road during 5:00 p.m. rush hour with a broken back and watching the blood drip from my face and spatter on the pavement, I was glad that their response time was almost immediate before I went into shock. I was handled carefully and professionally and transported to St. Johns Westshore without further exacerbating my injuries. It was the longest and most uncomfortable ride of my life and I felt certain they were taking me out of state! Please join me in supporting this levy - you never know when you will need EMS and when you do, you will not want to wait for help from a neighboring community.
Lori E. Switaj October 04, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Candace, to clarify, money collected from Issue 10 goes into the Paramedic Fund, it is not for city services outside of the fire department. Essentially, what's been said is that if it fails, funding for some city services, such as some recreational programs and leaf pickup may be eliminated to free up money for paramedic services. But this levy is ONLY for paramedic/fire funding. Hopefully that makes sense.
Doug Miller October 04, 2012 at 04:19 PM
What many people do not understand is how much revenue was cut by the state. Not only were payments to the cities cut, the estate tax, which the cities receive a significant amount of, have also been eliminated. The state has, in essence, said that whatever level of services a city wants to have, it will pay for it at the city level. No more help from the state.
MomX4 October 04, 2012 at 08:53 PM
what I have heard, and this is coming from someone that will be affected if it doesn't pass....is that yes, most city services will have to cut to cover the loss of money for the paramedics...this includes everyone....including police......
Issue10support October 04, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I cant believe how many people are making this out to be a big deal. Are you serious residents of Avon lake can't afford $1.91 monthly increase per $100,000 value. So for the median home it is going to be $4.77 a month. Stop playing politics with our safety .
George Z October 05, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Issue10Support - I agree, it's a small amount. The point here is, from the mayor's article, if it doesn't pass, the city could cut some other area's. Some (most) are item's I am good with doing without. Issue 10 is not what I am worried about. It is: Paramed (10): + .75 increase 70 / 100k Schools (32): + 9.04 increase 265 / 100k 911 (50): + .50 increase 47 / 100k Mental Health (49): renewal / replace w/o increase ?? TB Levy (51): renewal ?? That's just "this election". The increases never seem to end. Some services are more important than others. I'd prefer to "fully" staff the firefighters than keep attendants at Weiss & Vet's Park's and fund coloring books as after school activities. After the stadium & bus garage got jammed down my throats, I doubt I could ever vote for another school levy again regardless of need. Timing of those was reprehensible. Businesses aren't moving here. Let's focus on that because with the electric plant closing -- we're becoming upside down on our tax base and that's not good (i.e. more like Bay than the Avon). I have a nice house, but don't live on the golf course or the lake. Higher taxes (versus neighboring communities) means less appealing to new buyers. And another thing, what about any state increases .....

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