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Dec 12, 2018 9:33 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

LOSAP Benefits To Increase For Volunteer East Hampton Ambulance

The vote was held at the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street in East Hampton on Tuesday.
Dec 12, 2018 9:43 AM

Length of Service Awards Program, or LOSAP, benefits will increase for East Hampton Village Volunteer Ambulance members.

According to Village Administrator Becky Hansen, a referendum on the increase was approved by voters at the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street on Tuesday, 58-2.

LOSAP is similar to a pension program. It is intended to assist emergency service organizations in retaining and rewarding volunteers.

The East Hampton Village Board in October authorized a public vote for an increase LOSAP benefits.

Effective January 1, the annual service award accrual will increase from $240 to $360, according Ms. Hansen. An eligible volunteer earns a year of service credit under the service award program point system.

The maximum monthly service award that could be accrued will increase from $800 to $1,200, based on 40 years of service credit earned, while annual service awards earned prior to January 1, 2019, will remain at the $240 level.

The cost of the service award program for 2018 was $85,107 or $1,330 per covered participant. The annual cost of the current program is projected to approach $97,000 or $1,520 per covered participant over the next five years, based on the expected future volunteer participation. The annual cost of the amended program is estimated to increase by $48,000, to $145,000 or $2,270 per covered participant. All costs include administration fees of approximately $4,500 which will not change as a result of the amendment.

For additional information, contact Ms. Hansen at 631-324-4150.

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