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Report: Rural Maine Communities Face ‘Massive’ Fee Increase

HOULTON, Maine – Several communities in northern Maine are bracing for the possibility that the cost of their ambulance services will be going up, according to a report.

The Aroostook County commissioners discussed possible fee increases with Caribou Region Ambulance Services at a meeting this week, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Paul Bernier, community service director for Aroostook County, told commissioners the city of Caribou wants a new formula based on population.

The fee for one town was $5,244 last year. Should the new changes go forward, it would skyrocket to $41,500 next year, he said.

“My budget certainly can’t handle that,” Bernier said.

Read more of the report here.