By Jeremy Aitken
OTTAWA — Now that Wallace Fire Protection District voters have for the second time said no to raising taxes to support ambulance services, the Ottawa City Council wants to know what’s next.
Public Health and Safety Commissioner Ed Whitney wants to send the Wallace Township district officials a letter on if they plan to accept Ottawa’s offer of paying $95,000 for the next year of ambulance service and $100,000 after that. During Tuesday’s council meeting, streets commissioner Dale Baxter suggested the city give Wallace 90 days and if there’s no agreement, possibly stop providing ambulance service.
Ottawa currently only charges Wallace on a per-call basis with no built in tax for ambulance service. If you call for an ambulance in Ottawa, not only are you paying taxes for it but also being charged hundreds of dollars in transport fees.
Mayor Bob Eschbach says “the citizens of Ottawa need to be compensated.”
Jeremy Aitken is a reporter for AM-1220 WLPO.