Ambulance deficit is no surprise to county



April 30, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Commissioners were aware of Iola’s pending request for additional support for its operation of countywide ambulance service prior to Monday night’s city council meeting. City Administrator Carl Slaugh had visited with commissioners individually to bring them up to date on ambulance finances.

Current estimates are that the city will be about $400,000 short of meeting expenses in its fire/EMS department by the end of the year, city council members were told Monday night. Alternatives are to raise funds within the city — first blush means are a utility surcharge or increase in local sales taxes — or for the county to up its ante.

The contract city and county governing bodies negotiated and signed in January provides for Iola to provide countywide ambulance service, for which the county guaranteed $750,000 from run charges.

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