Ambulance Corps Benefit Program to be on Ballot in November

Although there may not be any local races on the ballot in November, there is a local referendum for Mount Kisco residents to consider.

The Mount Kisco Village Board approved a resolution to allow a referendum for the November elections on a Length of Service Program (LOSAP) for the volunteers of the Mount Kisco Volunteer Ambulance Corps.  The LOSAP will bestow an annual retirement benefit after the age of 65 to qualified members that earn points through responding to calls, training courses and other criteria.

If approved by the voters, the LOSAP will allow each member to accrue a benefit of $20 per month per year of service for a maximum of 40 years.  For example, a twenty-year member will be able to collect $4,800 per year after the age of 65.  The LOSAP will cost approximately $56,000 for the first five years with an annual cost of $34,000 thereafter. 

Mount Kisco should support its volunteers.  While Mount Kisco has many volunteers, volunteers for both the fire department and ambulance corps belong in a special category because of the training requirements that they must meet.  For instance, EMTs are required to traiin over 200 hours in a three-year period.

The referendum will be on the ballot on November 3, 2009.

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