Ambulance Fees Considered

Quorum Court Seeking Sources For Rural Benton County Funding

Posted: February 28, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Benton County edged closer to resolving the county’s rural ambulance service issue, asking County Judge Bob Clinard to work the current service providers for this year and next year while the Quorum Court ponders a tax or fee to pay for the service beyond that time.

At A Glance

Ambulance Service

The county has asked current ambulance service providers for information on their costs and the amount of money they need from the county to continue providing service into the county’s unincorporated areas. The subsidy requests for 2014 range from $10,000 from Bella Vista, which reported 42 calls for service in the county in 2012, to $416,422 from Siloam Springs, which reported 391 calls for service from the county in 2012. Bentonville is asking the county for $60,000 in 2014 while Pea Ridge is seeking about $25,000, according to Marshal Watson, the county emergency services administrator. Springdale is asking for $68,774 and Gravette is asking for $73,182. The Northeast Benton County Fire Department is asking the county to provide a subsidy of $204,100 for 2014. Rogers is seeking $209,302 to cover its costs in 2014.

Source: Staff Report

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