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Benton County Ambulance Debate Gets Back To Basics

Posted: March 25, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Benton County officials will look backward in their search for a solution to the ongoing rural ambulance service issue.

AT A GLANCE

Ambulance Bill

Benton County’s justices of the peace are working on paying the cost to provide rural ambulance service through the end of 2014. The county appropriated $236,000 for ambulance service in the 2014 budget to pay the seven providers through the end of March. After voters rejected the county’s proposed funding plan, the Quorum Court began looking for money to pay the remaining amount requested by the cities. The justices of the peace have approved cutting the Road Department budget by $450,000 and are still debating how to fund another $256,000. The county’s Finance Committee is set to meet at 6 p.m. April 1.

Source: Staff Report

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