In a split vote, the Derry Town Council has approved a new ambulance fee schedule.
The Council heard from Charles “Chuck” Hemeon, EMS (Emergency Medical Services) director, at its Aug. 16 meeting. While two Councilors expressed concern about various aspects of the plan, the 4-2 vote passed it.
Hemeon said the town’s charges for using the ambulance service are lower than surrounding communities. “We have been charging a user fee since 1972,” he said, which reduces tax liability for the service. The user fees bring in as much as $1 million, which is then used to defer operating costs, Hemeon said. Continue reading