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April 21, 2013

EMS losing life support

Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler officially withdrawing city from joint system to start new Somerset ambulance service

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“I think we can both agree that the exercise we have been through has not only been time-consuming for both the City and the County, but has also caused some uncertainty for the EMS employees and it would be beneficial for all concerned if we minimize the odds of the same situation reoccurring,” Bullock stated in his March letter. “I believe the reinstituted EMS Board will be able to address most issues that arise with regard to EMS, including providing budget oversight, which will make for more efficient government for all residents of Pulaski County, regardless of where they live.”
Girdler did not mention an EMS board in his April 15 letter. 
Wiese had also stated that the city was hoping a new occupational tax structure could be established that would allow the city to claim a bigger chunk of its share in order to cover the EMS operations completely. 
The county recently has not discussed a new occupational tax system. 
 

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