October 2nd , 2012 9:58 am Leave a comment

Rescue Squad may begin charging for some services now offered at no cost

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The Carter County Rescue Squad hopes to increase revenue following a cut in pay from the county by charging local residents for rescue services.

Photo by Danny Davis
Attorney Richard Norris and Carter County Rescue Squad Director Terry Arnold met with the Carter County Health and Welfare Committee Monday evening to discuss a pending contract between the county and rescue squad.

The squad’s counsel, Richard Norris, and director, Terry Arnold, met with the Carter County Health and Welfare Committee Monday evening to discuss finances and a possible contract.

For the 2012-2013 budget year, the county is paying the squad $104,000 for services, a cut of $101,000 from last year. In response, the squad had sought additional funding directly from the county, but after learning more about the county’s current finances, the squad reversed its plan.

Instead, Norris said, the squad is working to make itself more efficient and seeks funds directly from citizens. “We’re going to try to reorganize the rescue squad,” Norris said.

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