Bo Miller, chief of the Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service, asked the Williamsport Mayor and Town Council on Monday to consider increasing the ambulance service's budget allotment so it gets the same amount of money as the Williamsport Fire Co.
The fire department in fiscal 1999 was allotted $8,000 while the ambulance service was allotted $5,000, Town Clerk Donna K. Spickler said.
"I think the extra money, so we can equal but not exceed, will benefit the town," Miller said. "We feel that it is important for our department to get any kind of increase because of the kind of the services we provide."
The ambulance service responds to about 1,700 calls annually, at an estimated cost of $300 to $400 per call, Miller said.