Carter County Rescue Squad caught in funding gap

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) -- The Carter County Rescue Squad is financially pinched by a decision the county's 911 district made about emergency dispatching.

According to The Johnson City Press, Rescue Squad Director Terry Arnold said he had the budget for the next fiscal year worked out and it included buying two new rescue vehicles.

But the 911 District then told the Carter County Commission and the Elizabethton City Council they must pay for the compete cost of dispatching emergency services. The Council passed first reading of a budget that would fund dispatching for the city police and fire departments, but not the rescue squad. The commission is awaiting a recommendation from its budget committee.

A proposal before the committee would take the cost out of the $97,000 the county gives the squad for services.

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