Lake Station officials still studying ambulance fee hike

2013-08-20T18:30:00Z 2013-09-13T12:50:05Z Lake Station officials still studying ambulance fee hikeDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | The possibility of the city raising its ambulance fees remains under discussion.

Arthur "Skip" Howard, Lake Station's EMS director, said the City Council postponed discussion at a workshop session last week.

Howard said the council has indicated members want more time to discuss the issue, including comparing ambulance fees paid in other communities.

"They want to look at them and make sure Lake Station is in line with other cities," Howard said.

At its Aug. 1 meeting, the council delayed voting on an ordinance increasing ambulance service fees.

The council tabled the proposal with plans to discuss the issue at last week's work session.

Howard said he has provided copies of fees paid in other communities including Crown Point, Hobart and Portage.

Last month, Howard told city officials ambulance service fees should rise in every category to keep up with increased costs of gasoline, medications and equipment.

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