Lyndon Rescue's Budget is Going Up

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lyndon rescue ambulanceLYNDON - Lyndon Rescue has been the ambulatory service to the town of Lyndon and the surrounding area since the 1980's and in that time they have done an exemplary job of taking care of local residents, growing as an entity, and becoming one of the more notable and proffessional ambulance services in Vermont. One common occurance over the past five years has been a yearly increase in the Lyndon Rescue Budget. This year they ask for a 9.9% budget increase. This is not to say that the increases have been for kicks; quite the contrary, Lyndon Rescue have needed every single penny in years past to provide the quality service that they do day in and day out, for three-hundred and sixty-five days a year. This year is no different. "We bought a much needed replacement ambulance vehicle," said Jillian McLaughlin, interim director of operations at Lyndon Rescue, "We could not repair the existing ambulance vehicle to where it needed to perform so that when there is an emergency, we're there in as little time as possible. This new ambulance vehicle was a much needed purchase." 

Members of the Lyndon Selectboard agree that the new vehicle was needed for Lyndon Rescue, and they understand where the increase in the budget is coming from. "Of course we want Lyndon Rescue to continue to provide us with the optimal care that they always have in years past," explained Dan Daley, chair of the Lyndon Selectboard, "Our reluctance only comes from the possibility of raising taxes for residents, we of course don't want to increase taxes if it can be avoided, so we've asked Lyndon Rescue to check their numbers once again, and of course we have the uptmost confidence that the numbers they are bringing us are the bare neccessity for what they need to continue serving the local community."

A secondary reason why their is a budget increase also has to do with EMS personel looking to further their education in Ambulatory services, such lessons would only further Lyndon Rescue's ability to serve and care for the local community. Another big reason behind the increase is the continued issue with insurance reimbursements coming up short. "Just about a fourth of the calls that we are sent on result in the caller not needing any transport to the hospital or other care facility." McLaughlin explained, "Without the need for medical transportation, insurance companies don't reimburse us for our services. It still costs us money to mobilize and provide care for residents who pick up the phone, and of course we are happy to help whenever we are needed, but the money we spend doing our jobs has to come from somewhere, and without the reimbursements it's left to us." 

McLaughlin did want to note that they were able to raise $11,000 dollars in fundraisers which went into the cost of the new ambulance vehicle, Lyndon Rescue plans to continue fundraising heading into Town Meeting Day next March when the budget is voted on. Any money raised before that time will go towards paying off the ambulance vehicle, which means less money needed for the Lyndon Rescue budget.