City council reconsiders emergency medical fee

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 03/26 2014 11:55AM

Updated 03/26 2014 12:06PM

DANVILLE -- Emergency medical services dispatched to your home, won't come at a price. At the city council meeting, members voted against moving forward with the $300 emergency response fee for medical services from the fire department.

It's been an up-and-down battle, but the board will go right back to looking at a monthly tax. At first, the board wanted residents and businesses to pay a $8/monthly tax.

It was voted down, but now there's a revised version. The board will look at $3.50/month or $5/month. With the former option, two firefighter jobs would be lost. The latter option prevents any job loss. Both options will fill the budget gap.

Residents say they understand it's a difficult decision. The vote against the emergency response fee was 4 - 3. At next week's city council meeting, the board hopes to finally move forward with a new budget.

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