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CRS nearing fund-raising goal

August 14, 2000

CRS nearing fund-raising goal



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Almost midway through its subscription and fund-raising drive, Community Rescue Service is more than halfway toward its $402,000 goal and has brought in about $20,000 more than it collected in 1999.

The jump in funds over last year is largely due to CRS essentially doubling its subscription rates for this year, according to a CRS official.

"The story here is the people who always supported us are continuing to support us and are supporting us even more," said J. Michael Nye, vice president of the CRS board and CRS interim executive director.

Nye also said last week that CRS is asking for less money from the Hagerstown government.

CRS had asked the city to contribute $200,000 for the past fiscal year, plus $400,000 a year for the current and future years. Nye said he no longer expects any money for last fiscal year, and revised figures show CRS needs $200,000 for this and future years.

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Nye said when CRS asked for the $400,000, there were no plans to raise the subscription fees. He said the ambulance company also is expecting additional funds from other groups.

The city has made no formal decision on the CRS funding request. CRS officials are compiling additional information about their organization for the city.

City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner, a former member of the CRS board, said last month that he favors a city contribution to CRS even if it means raising taxes.

Without additional funding CRS may have to cut staff, which could affect the level of service.

So far, CRS has received subscription payments and donations totaling roughly $230,000, said Nye.

CRS is the ambulance company serving most of Hagerstown and some of the surrounding area. CRS subscription fees range from $30 for a single senior citizen to $50 for a family. Subscribers are not charged for CRS services above what is paid by the subscriber's insurance, Nye said.

"Everything is positive. We're making good progress" said Nye. "For me things are going as expected."

The fund drive began July 1 and will run through the end of September, Nye said.

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