(New Baden) 03/16 – The New Baden Village Board met in regular session last night. At the meeting the board approved an amendment to the Telecommunications Tax Ordinance (Ord# 2021315A) to allow the Village Board to make changes in the appropriations of the tax. This change will also enable to board to move funds between accounts. Previously, only the Park Board had that authority but the change was made due to the fact that the Park Board is currently inactive. A transfer of funds from the civic center to the park is currently needed to balance the budget.
Also, along the lines of budgetary action; the village board passed an amendment to the annual budget (Ord# 20210315B) to give a more realistic financial view of the villages current accounts. The board learned that several expenditures have not been fully spent in the current fiscal year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The amendment will allow those items to transfer over to the next fiscal year.
The board also heard an update from administrators regarding the village ambulance service. The pay rate was discussed with the fact that New Baden pays considerably less than surrounding communities. The current pay rate from EMT’s is $11.08-$13.13 per hour. Discussion ensued about structuring the ambulance service in a similar fashion as the police department with a Chief that would be responsible for the day to day operations of the department. The ambulance department will face an estimated $30,000.00 budget deficit without changes.
In order to cover this shortfall and potentially make the department money the idea of using one of the villages two ambulances as a transport truck was discussed. If approved, the transport truck would be available for contract eight hours per day, Monday thru Friday. The village would receive an estimated $231,000 annually from this proposal. If approved the Chief would be paid a salary of approximately $70,000.00 per year. Concern was raised that this might cause the department to be severely short staffed in the event that both ambulances are needed in New Baden. Discussion is expected to continue at later meetings.