NorthStar Subsidy Amounts - Effective July 1, 2012
Below is a discussion of the formula approved by the NorthStar Advisory Board to establish town support for NorthStar. If you have questions, please email them to the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 779-2770.
NorthStar and Franklin Memorial Hospital are pleased to be providing highly trained professional, modern equipped ambulance and community services to the region. With the strength of a 24/7 regional organization, NorthStar still keeps its patient care operations local to the communities it serves.
NorthStar’s contract with the towns renews each July 1 (to see a copy of the contract, click here). For the contract year (and "fiscal year" 2013) beginning July 1, 2012, NorthStar continues the "universal" formula established in 2006 that applies in the exactly the same way to all towns and counties NorthStar serves. One significant change this year was to update town statistics based on the 2010 census information.
A notitification letter and detailed explanation has been sent to all towns, plantations, and counties (for the UTs) on December 6, 2010. You can see a copy of the letter by clicking here. Accompanying that letter was a copy of NorthStar's P&L statement for FY 2009 - FY2011 and our budget for FY 2012 and 2013.
In summary, the formula uses:
Fee. A single Flat Fee for each town ($4,000).
Dollar Value. A dollar amount applied to each town’s unique demographics:
- Population - $12 per person (The ambulance business is about people.)
- Residential Valuation – 7.5¢ per $1000 of valuation (Focusing on the "individual’s" valuation, this is an indication of overall development in the area.)
- Housing Units - $25 per dwelling unit (Taking into consideration seasonal visitors.)
Distance Ratio Factor. Like "insurance", ambulances and crews are positioned at strategic points around the region to assure that responses are timely and available 24/7, even in sparsely settled areas with fewer income producing runs. Since the total subsidy amount is based on NorthStar’s overall deficit (income minus expenses), a distance factor is appropriate. In the formula, the total above is multiplied by a distance factor. To limit the effects of both very short and very long distances the factor has been set with a minimum (0.24) and a maximum (0.91) ratio value.
Baring unforeseen circumstances, the single, universal formula should not change significantly over the next few years although there will continue to be changes in the amounts of each town’s support due to changes in demographics and valuation.
NorthStar is proud to be your ambulance service.
|Town/Municipality||2010 Population||'12 Valuation (000)||2010 Housing Units||FY2013 Subsidy Amount|
|Sandy River Plantation||133||$103,935||379||$20,808|
|Franklin UTs (27)||1,026||$160,098||1,374||$57,029|
|Oxford UTs (9)||14||$87,950||196||$13,890|
|Somerset UTs (10)||31||$60,393||310||$15,153|