Mason County EMS finances discussed


By Erin Perkins - eperkins@aimmediamidwest.com



POINT PLEASANT — The financial situation of the Mason County Emergency Ambulance Service was recently discussed during a Mason County Commission meeting.

Dennis Zimmerman, emergency manager for Mason County, explained the 2018 financial summary of the Mason County Emergency Ambulance Service.

In January, the Mason County Commission assumed control of the Mason County Emergency Ambulance Service (MCEMS) from the Mason County Emergency Ambulance Authority (MCA) board including all assets and debt.

In January, the MCEMS had a balance of minus $29,000 in checking and $18,000 in three separate accounts. MCEMS had accounts that were past due as well. The Mason County Commission loaned $100,000 to the MCEMS in order to stabilize its financial situation.

Since then, the MCEMS accounts receivable through Sept. 27 have been $1,258,000, expenditures have been $1,244,000 to include the minus $29,000 in checking and paying down $94,000 of the $115,000 of overdue debt. The only outstanding debt of MCEMS is $21,000 to MCA and the $100,000 to the Mason County Commission.

As of today, the MCEMS has $114,000 in its checking account and are current on all monthly, quarterly, and yearly obligations, it was reported.

In other business, on behalf of the County Commission, Commissioner Rick Handley said a prayer for the late Pauletta King, at the opening of the meeting. The commission gives their condolences to her family and friends and all of her loved ones.

State Auditor JB McCuskey discussed the new website he created to make government spending more transparent, The West Virginia Open Checkbook.

The commission approved to update the fee ordinance for Volunteer Fire Department responses.

The commission approved Christopher Hesson, Adam Bryant, and Ashley Wervey as new hires for the Mason County Office of Emergency Services to be as needed telecommunications operators.

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By Erin Perkins

eperkins@aimmediamidwest.com

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.