The Bonita Springs taxpayer has financially supported a failed Lee County Emergency Medical Services for more than 20 years, and the county commissioners hid the facts from the public for all that time.
The Bonita taxpayers built the fire stations with all the facilities required to facilitate LCEMS services, which the commissioners charged Bonita residents to use.
Bonita taxpayers paid every cent of the cost of those facilities — construction and use — for more than 20 years. They also paid all of the costs of the paramedics and emergency medical technicians who make it possible to meet an acceptable standard of service that is required by the residents of Bonita Springs.
Without the cooperation and assistance provided by the Bonita Springs fire district, everyone would receive a much-reduced level of service. People would suffer and die while LCEMS makes excuses for poor medical emergency service.
Bonita taxpayers also paid for all the medical supplies used by Bonita paramedics in the treatment of patients prior to the arrival of the LCEMS ambulances.
Lee County commissioners and the LCEMS silently stood by for 20 years, failing to explain the critical reliance on the Bonita fire district for the success of the emergency medical service in Bonita Springs.
All the while LCEMS has been charging Bonita Springs residents thousands of dollars for services they already paid for in taxes.
I believe there has to be a better way, and there is:
1. Grant our district the certificate of public convenience and necessity to operate four ambulances under the district’s complete authority and control.
2. Eliminate all charges to residents (insurance companies) for ambulance calls and/or ground transfer to hospitals.
3. Eliminate all Lee County taxes for EMS service in city of Bonita Springs.
4. Require our district to provide all facets of emergency service in Bonita Springs within the present millage rate. We are already doing this while underwriting financial support to LCEMS.
5. It is time to end the charade being perpetrated by LCEMS trying to hold on to a failed system when the county commissioners know there is a better way.