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City of Auburn votes 4-1 to create municipal ambulance service

On Thursday, Auburn City Council moved forward with a plan to create a municipal ambulance service to replace the third-party contract that has been utilized for years.

The vote fell along party lines, according to the Auburn Citizen, with the final tally coming out to 4-1 to approve establishing a city ambulance department.

Critics were concerned about the lack of financial details on the plan.

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City Manager Jeff Dygert said startup costs would be around $1 million for the ambulance service. City officials who were supportive of the plan have been concerned about transparency of TLC, the company that had previously provided service to the city. There were also questions about availability and response time.

The city manager also noted that the cost of the service would be covered by service fees thereby clearing the taxpayer implications of a city run ambulance team.

The team itself would reportedly consist of approximately two dozen employees. The goal is to have it up-and-running by late-fall.



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