Ambulance board to consider 2013 budget

The Callaway County Ambulance Board received a first draft of the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Director Charlie Anderson said the 2013 budget is very similar to last year.

“It’s pretty much the same budget,” Anderson said. “There are no significant changes.”

According to the proposed budget, the district will see $3.493 million in revenues for 2013 — 10 percent over 2012.

The revenue numbers include a 1.7 percent base rate increase to account for the Medicare positive inflation index.

“We just need to make sure our rates keep pace so we don’t fall behind,” Anderson said.

Patient care revenue is budgeted at $2.515 million, an increase of almost 14 percent over the 2012 budgeted revenues and a 1.5 percent increase from the projected 2012 amount.

Sales tax collection is budgeted to match the 2012 projected amount of $1.617 million.

Expenses for 2013 are budgeted at $3.505 million, a 9.7 percent increase from last year.

The ambulance district’s largest expense is payroll, budgeted at $1.426 million for 2013, 3 percent more than the 2012 projected amount.

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