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HOW OUR TAX MONEY WILL BE USED
Hire One Additional Ambulance Crew (2 positions)
- One additional ambulance crew is needed (2 positions, that’s 6 people).
- 162% increase in call volume since 1990.
- Winfield has the lowest ratio of residents to ambulances in the area- meaning the busiest.
- 75% of 911 calls are for medical assistance.
- All the neighbors’ ambulances are just as busy as Winfields’ – you can’t count on mutual aid to have an ambulance close by AND available when you’re having a heart attack, stroke, or baby.
Ambulance Fleet Replacement Schedule
- 75% of WFPD calls are medical.
- This plan would fully fund the planned replacement schedule for our ambulances.
- Each ambulance in the future would be retired after 15 years of service- very frugal. All of our neighbors replace them at 10-12 years.
- One ambulance responding to 30,000 residents is spread too thin.
- Adding an additional ambulance crew and truck requires a renovation to add space for the people to sleep and truck to park.
- The current downtown station is 50 years old and needs major repairs.
- Renovation of current facility vs new construction:
Remodel New Construction
- $5 million
- Add ambulance bay, lose parking
- Continued train delays
- Traffic congestion
- $6 million
- Planned extra equipment space
- County Farm Underpass: No train delays
- No Traffic Congestion
- Faster response to North and South areas
- Development revenue for property
- Cost of new construction and remodel is almost the same.
- Moving to new facility frees up property in Winfield City Center for redevelopment and growing the tax base.
- Moving allows faster response to areas NORTH of Geneva Road
- Moving allows faster response to areas SOUTH of the railroad via the County Farm Road viaduct.
- The sale of the downtown station would be used to pay down the debt of the new construction.
- Upon paying off the facility debts the funds would be allocated to update the fire truck fleet (at least 15 years away).
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