With regards to the budget. Armbruster stated that some cuts were made and this budget contains the additional $40,000 offered by the county commission to fund the additional hours for three months and accepting the commission’s offer of hiring a consultant to see if additional cuts or funding could be found.
Members discussed possible ways of increasing revenue including asking Canaan Valley Resorts and Timberline to add $1 to each lift ticket for EMS and sending a letter to every household in the county asking for a $2 a month donation to EMS for a total of $24 per year. These ideas were presented to decrease the ambulance authority’s dependence on projected ambulance fee collections and the hotel/motel tax. This year the County Commission has stated it will be giving the Ambulance Authority $75,000 of the Hotel/Motel tax. At this time, it was made known that the Tucker County Commission had passed a resolution in 2007, signed by then commissioner Chris Michael resolving that the Hotel/Motel tax would be split as follows: 50% to the Tucker County Visitors Bureau; 25% to EMS; with the remaining 25% being split between the four county fire departments. There seemed to be some question as to how the tax is being split and if the resolution had been changed. Questions were also raised about how the disbursing of the 911 charges on telephone bills is done.
As a result of these comments, the board declined to take any action on closing Station 2. They will possibly revisit this item in three months, after the consultant the County Commission has agreed to provide has looked at the overall operation of the Authority Board and made any recommendations.