Discussion of a proposed budget
for 2006-07 for the new Southern Platte Ambulance
District drew angry responses from some in the
audience at a district board of directors meeting
on Friday afternoon.
During the boards first
meeting, secretary Marte Zirschky said this new
district had been offered low rent or free space
at city hall or the Parkville Depot to store a
desk, file cabinet and phone line. Richard Carrizzo
also offered space at Station No. 4 of the Southern
Platte Fire Protection District. Carrizzos
offer included a meeting room and help from the
districts administrative assistant. Kincaid
had refused to accept these free gestures, stating
time was running out to choose a budget.
We havent been given
enough time to do all of this by September,
Kincaid said. Ladies and gentlemen, I want
a price on everything. We should accept no services
for free. I want a signed receipt for anything
we purchase and I refuse to pre-negotiate with
anyone until we have set the levy rate. We have
to start from scratch. We need a line item for
everything and I wont cut the budget because
people are offering freebies. If we allow these
free offers, we could be setting ourselves up
for a political situation.
The board must choose a tax rate
to be set by Sept. 1 in order to receive the money
by early January of 2007. There will be a public
hearing on Monday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at The
south Platte County Community Center for the public
to voice their concerns. This special meeting
was held to propose a tax rate and budget to be
presented to residents at this public hearing.
The board bickered for over an
hour as they disagreed on what items were necessary
to place on the budget. The idea was approached
that secretary Zirschky needed her own laptop
to accomplish her duties.
Its not fair for Marte
to use her personal computer for this business,
board member Kurt Breininger said. Eventually
this ambulance district needs to stand alone.
Its easy to say we need to keep the
costs down, but we should budget for items
as if we need them.