When you call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency in Grand County – whether you're at home in town, or in the backcountry – we answer the call and respond with trained professionals.
Grand County EMS began as a volunteer crew more than 50 years ago, and today we have 41 paid, full-time staff members on rotating shifts around the clock. We currently have 8 primary ambulances, 3 reserve ambulances, and four EMS stations located in Fraser, Granby, Grand Lake and Kremmling.
Calls for medical help continue to rapidly increase, and are projected to double by 2027 (compared with 2015), putting a strain on resources.
Grand County EMS is seeking a property tax mill levy in the 2021 Special Election to fund equipment, transportation and infrastructure updates. Continue reading to learn more:
Our Staffing & Equipment Challenges
To keep medical training costs down,
we need to hire six additional staff members over the next several years, and also retain more of our current staff. This will allow us to continue responding quickly and efficiently to emergencies throughout the County – which is geographically the size of Rhode Island.
One of our station buildings is from the World War II era, and another was built in 1953. Both are becoming unsafe for our staff to live and work in, and need re-built.
In addition to the stations, to continue meeting the County's growing medical emergency needs, we need to add an ambulance to the fleet. Over the next three-to-five years, we'll also need to replace three of our older ambulances to continue keeping response times low while being cost effective and ensuring the safety of our patients and staff.
How can we solve this?
The most efficient and cost-effective way to fund our staffing, infrastructure and equipment needs, is to consider an increased mill levy on property – which constituents would get to vote on.
Raising the local property tax mill levy by 1.75 mills would provide Grand County EMS with about $1.54 million* annually, which would allow us to meet our budgetary needs for staffing, building improvements, and vehicle replacements to continue serving Grand County safely, efficiently and effectively.
The proposed mill levy increase depends on your home value. A $500,000 home would be taxed an additional $62 each year ($5 per month if you have escrow account on your mortgage).
*This anticipates a 10% increase in 2021 property tax assessments
How can you help us help you?
We're having conversations with our residents and property owners throughout the summer, including hosting open houses. This is an opportunity for our constituents to meet with us, see our challenges for themselves, and discuss challenges and solutions.