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Florida Keys News - Islamorada/KL Free Press
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Ambulance funding request slightly increases

KEY LARGO -- The Key Largo Ambulance Corps was the first among Upper Keys public service entities to release a draft of its 2014-15 budget.

Not surprisingly, the Ambulance Corps is asking for more money than it received on the last go-round 12 months ago.

Approval of its budget goes to the Key Largo Fire-EMS District, a five-person elected board which divvies up local tax dollars between the Ambulance Corps and the Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department.

In 2013-14, the district approved a $607,000 budget for emergency medical services. The Ambulance Corps is asking for $619,000 for the next fiscal year, which begins in October.

The corps proposes several cuts throughout the budget to help offset the cost of some big-ticket items, which lie in capital outlay.

The Ambulance Corps is seeking $12,000 for a station telephone system and $30,000 for emergency generators, installing new crew quarters and replacing the station's main building generator.

Another $7,800 is being sought to send some paramedics to conferences in Denver and Nashville. Historically, the district has taken out a fine-tooth comb when deciding on travel dollars.

The corps has also received $150,000 from Monroe County, which it intends to use to purchase a new ambulance, according its budget documents.

The district plans to review and discuss the budget proposal at its next meeting, set for 6 p.m. Monday, July 7.

Neither the district nor the fire department has completed its proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

In other local government budget news, the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District is expected to review its budget Aug. 8.

It is still being drafted by the district's accountant.

jgore@keysnews.com

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