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Sumter County taxpayers could pay for ambulance service

Sumter County taxpayers could soon have to pay more for ambulance service. (Source: WALB) Sumter County taxpayers could soon have to pay more for ambulance service. (Source: WALB)
Sumter County Administrator Bill Twomey (Source: WALB) Sumter County Administrator Bill Twomey (Source: WALB)
County officials said Phoebe Sumter is using another competitor to handle its non-emergency calls. (Source: WALB) County officials said Phoebe Sumter is using another competitor to handle its non-emergency calls. (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Sumter County taxpayers could soon have to pay more for ambulance service.

Gold Star is the county's EMS provider. They said their revenue is down because Phoebe Putney started using a different service.

Sumter County has an agreement with Gold Star to handle emergency and non-emergency calls. That deal doesn't cost taxpayers anything.

County officials said Phoebe Sumter are using another competitor to handle its non-emergency calls to save money, which is directly impacting Gold Star's revenue.

"They're there in that critical time of need. But with thin budgets at the government level you could potentially be talking about a tax increase just to keep the emergency services viable," said Sumter County Administrator Bill Twomey.

Sumter County officials said they are communicating with Gold Star and Phoebe Sumter to figure out how to move forward and whether they may have to raise taxes to subsidize the ambulance service.

They said Gold Star is working on other ways to increase revenue.

It's an issue we'll continue to follow.

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