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CRS to ask for money

December 15, 1999

Community Rescue Service, the ambulance company that serves Hagerstown and its surrounding communities, will ask the Hagerstown City Council for money, CRS officials told the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday.

Exactly how much money they will ask for has not been determined. CRS officials told the mayor and council during a Tuesday council meeting that they will probably come back in January to request a specific dollar amount from the city's general fund. CRS officials also said they will ask for some of the federal Community Development Block Grant money the city controls.

CRS Vice President J. Michael Nye said the organization is running a deficit, and a sizable portion of the deficit is caused by the large number of people who do not pay their bills. Nye said most of those people live in Hagerstown.

"We're providing $60,000 to $70,000 in services each month that we're not getting paid for," Nye said.

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"We're a nonprofit, but we're even more nonprofit than we ever thought we would be," he said.

- Dan Kulin

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