03/04/10 160 W - + 5 - 1 Holly Springs to Lose Wake County EMS Subsidy

Today's News & Observer reports that Holly Springs is losing its county subsidy for the salaries of three paramedics. The annual expenditure is $177,850, which the county is asking the town the assume. Since 1998, Wake County EMS has provided a paramedic to ride a Holly Springs ambulance at cost to the town. Holly Springs had a rolling, annual agreement with the county since that time.

Revenue also figures into the equation. In 1998, the Holly Springs EMS unit generated about $45,000. Today, the same revenue is $326,929. Not surprisingly, the county wants a piece of the pie, to help cover its own cost in these times of shrinking budgets. Wake County EMS has presented the town with two options: the county pays all costs for a paramedic ambulance, and receives all revenue; or, Holly Springs reimburses the county for the salaries of the paramedics. Neither option changes the EMS deployment model, however. Read the entire story.

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