Parcel fee the right choice to boost Cambria health district reven…

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An article in the Jan. 18 Cambrian titled “Budget cuts? Tax increase? Cambria Health District to explore options” highlighted a challenging financial situation facing the Cambria Community Healthcare District Board. The choice to make additional cuts to an already lean budget or generate additional revenues was discussed at length by the CCHD board. A motion was passed 5-0 to hire an outside consultant to assist board members in evaluating and determining the most effective use of their resources within their financial means.

The major revenue sources for the operation of the Cambria Community Healthcare District are derived from property taxes and assessments. 2016-17 fiscal year totals for general property taxes were $493,274 and special assessment was $493,313 for a total of $986,587. Ambulance revenues were $723,443.

While ambulance revenues are a continual monthly source of income, the amount can vary depending on the number of transports and the billing type. Over the past three years, due to the expertise of the administrator and staff of the health care district, the revenues received from ambulance transport reimbursement have been stabilized and…

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