St. George budget to cover additional ambulance services

By Juliette Laaka | Jan 02, 2013
The St. George Select Board will be preparing the 2013 fiscal budget in the coming weeks.

St. George — The St. George Select Board is mulling over requests for the town to cover expenses for cemetery upkeep and possible legal guidance for district withdrawal or to fund an educational program. The municipality's ambulance service has also evolved to include paid, full-time paramedic coverage.

Town Manager John Falla said the budget will be developed and presented to the select board by Feb. 4. He added the 2013 budget is not expected to increase from last year's figure, even when calculating approximate requests.

The previous ambulance budget was in the vicinity of $100,000 and funded through donations and billing, Falla said. The ambulance meeting Wednesday, Jan. 9 will set the amount requested from the town.

Previously, the response team was solely staffed by volunteers. This year's expense and request for aid from the town has not yet been determined. The addition of paramedic services will be largely financed by the town, according to the town newsletter.

According to the St. George Firefighters and Ambulance Association website, the response team consists of 18 volunteer emergency medical technicians and drivers. Paramedics are now available throughout the year.

The town has also been contacted by two private cemetery associations — Seaside and North Parish — to provide financial support. State law requires towns to maintain veteran graves, said the town newsletter.

There are more than 500 veteran graves in Seaside, North Parish, Clark Hill and South Parish cemeteries.The amount of this funding has not been determined, according to the town newsletter.

The fiscal year begins July 1. The 2012 budget was $2,402,756.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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