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Benton County To Resume Ambulance Talks

Posted: August 4, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace will resume discussion of rural ambulance service and look to revive funding plans they failed to approve last month.

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Ambulance Service

Ambulance service to the unincorporated areas of Benton County is provided by seven municipal fire departments and the Northeast Benton County Fire Department. State law requires an agreement between the cities and the county if municipal ambulance service is to be used outside the cities. Talks between the county and the cities have been going on since 2009. For 2014, the county will paying the cities $942,000. The cost of the service is expected to increase to $1.1 million next year and $1.2 million in 2016.

Source: Staff Report

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Tom Allen, chairman of Benton County’s Finance Committee, said he plans to have rural ambulance funding on the agenda for the committee’s next meeting. The committee is set to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Quorum Courtroom in the County Administration Building, 215 E. Central Ave. in Bentonville.

Source: Staff Report

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