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Grandview City Council adopts resolution in support of emergency medical levy

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council, minus Councilman Mike Bren, last night unanimously voted to approve a resolution supporting proposition No. 1, which would establish emergency medical service levies.

The city of Grandview is currently served by Prosser Memorial Hospital ambulance services.

Due to a cut in federal funding the hospital receives, it is unable to continue its current level of service to Grandview and the surrounding areas.

The Yakima County Board of Commissioners has passed a resolution supporting the proposition to finance emergency medical care and emergency medical services, which the board says would impact the citizens of Grandview in a positive way by continuing to provide funding for ambulance services of Prosser Memorial Hospital.

The levy will be on the Nov. 4 ballot and if it doesn't pass, the ambulance service to Grandview will suffer.

Grandview Mayor Norm Childress said an ambulance station in Grandview could close, which would increase delays in service.

"Human life is so dear and precious to us," Councilman Jesse Palacios said. Any delay in service could be the difference between living and dying."

Childress told the council if the levy passes the current level of ambulance service Grandview receives would stay the same.

The proposed levy would add to the current level of property taxes 25ยข per $1,000 of assessed property valuation.

Also at Monday's meeting the council did some housekeeping on the 2008 budget by approving some amendments.

The city added $21,500 in revenue to its cemetery fund but also increased expenditures by $47,100.

This was due to higher than expected level of services to date. The increased number has been reflected in higher wages, benefits and related operating costs.

The city was also awarded a Community Development Block Grant for water system and street improvements. The amendment recognizes the city received these funds and the appropriation of them.

The equipment rental fund added $30,000 in unexpected revenue to date this year, however, expenditures in the fund increased by $115,700.

The city purchased a utility maintenance truck after the 2008 annual budget was adopted. The water/sewer fund paid for two-thirds of the cost and the equipment rental fund paid the remaining one-third.

The equipment rental fund capital appropriations did not include the $85,000 for the camel truck. This budget amendment also recognizes increased rental use rates and increased fuel costs.

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