Eastern Ore. ambulance seeks raise to stay solvent

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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. (AP) -- A private company that operates the ambulance service for the Milton-Freewater area in Eastern Oregon is asking for a raise.

The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/onGqns ) Umatilla County agreed to pay Milton-Freewater?Emergency Medical Service $1,000 per month between May and October.

Now, the company says it needs $3,000 to stay in business.

Unlike every other ambulance district in Umatilla County, the Milton-Freewater area has no tax to support ambulance service. The district is asking voters to approve a 25 cent tax for every $1,000 in assessed value tax to pay for it.

The company has been asking the county for money since February, when it said it would need $98,000 a year to stay solvent.