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CRS gives city answers

February 01, 2001

CRS gives city answers



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council on Tuesday received the answers to questions they posed to Community Rescue Service in July about the ambulance company's finances and related matters.

The council is expected to use the information to determine how much city money should go to the ambulance company following a public discussion of the information in a few weeks.

The ambulance company is asking the city for a $400,000 annual subsidy - $200,000 to cover projected operating deficits and $200,000 for an equipment replacement fund.

The city in July questioned CRS about its operating budget and finances, staffing levels and fund-raising.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the City Council probably will discuss the information during a Feb. 6 or Feb. 13 meeting.

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"We just got it. We've got to have time to digest it," Bruchey said.

Bruchey said CRS probably will receive a city subsidy, but the question is what amount will be given.

CRS serves about 34,000 homes in Hagerstown and parts of the surrounding area.

CRS interim-Director J. Michael Nye has said that without a city subsidy, CRS would have to cut staffing levels, which would affect service.

Bruchey said one question he has for CRS is why it doesn't provide nonemergency transports from area hospitals to bring in additional revenue.

In the past, Nye has criticized other nonprofit ambulance companies for doing the transports. He says the transports take ambulances away from their primary responsibility, which is being available to respond to emergency calls.

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