This week Auburn City Council will take an important vote. It will be one that could have years-long implications for city residents and taxpayers alike.
City Council is slated to vote on whether to create a new 25-person city ambulance department that would take over what is currently operated by a private company.
A resolution was publicized, in which, the city manager is authorized to establish an ambulance service for the City of Auburn, which shall include, without limitation, the employment of necessary personnel and procurement of equipment for the operation of said services.
If approved, it would begin operating on November 1.
The city’s current provider- TLC- has come under fire by some officials. Two years ago, the city put out a request for proposals from other private companies. City management also put together its own plan to provide ambulance service.
Opponents of the proposed city plan, which lacks significant detail, say the cost associated with it would be too burdensome. The resolution, despite providing a start date for the ambulance service, has no financial figures attached to it. Some have also called for an independent analysis of the city’s ambulance needs before moving to a city force.
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