REMS and Mohawk make their cases

"Almost 75 years of tradition, dedication, sacrifice and quality service " not to mention the lives saved " all speak for itself," said Jasenski. "Once you turn the page on Rotterdam EMS and eliminate them from the system, you will never be able to flip back the page and bring them back."

Jasenski said covering certain major expenses, such purchasing a new fleet of ambulances, is the reason behind creating a tax district for REMS. The total cost to replace the four-ambulance fleet would total more than $500,000. Over time, it is expected the revenue required by REMS in a tax district would decrease. If established, REMS board of directors, appointed by the public, would establish the tax district.

Mohawk representatives said their company would save the town money and produce revenue for the town.

"Mohawk Ambulance has presented to the Town Board a proposal for services that is a huge benefit to the taxpayers in Rotterdam," said Thomas Nardacci, spokesman for Mohawk Ambulance, in a prepared statement after the meeting. "[Mohawk] not only eliminates the need to provide government subsidies and eliminates the need to create a new tax that is estimated to cost an additional quarter of a million dollars, but will actually generate well over $100,000 annually in new revenue for the town."

The estimated annual cost of the tax district would be $15 for a home assessed at $150,000 in Rotterdam, said Jasenski.

"Tax subsidies for emergency services are not a new thing for the town of Rotterdam," said Jasenski. "An annual $15 payment for the average Rotterdam home is a small price to pay for that peace of mind and the quality of service being provided."

REMS also expressed an interest in billing insurance companies for Advanced Life Support services, which would require an agreement with the town. Mohawk generates revenue from ALS in other municipalities, and 100 percent of the revenue from this source would go back to the town.

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