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Roane County (WV) Mulls EMS Fee

With the Roane County (WV) EMS squad working off a 40-year-old tax levy, it may be time for county residents to pay a yearly fee to keep the service running, according to a report.

WCHS/WVAH reports the proposed $50 fee would bring in about $260,000 more than what the department currently receives.

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The money would go toward ambulances, education and staying fully staffed. The levy was put in a place when the department had just one truck and a volunteer department.

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Roane County EMS Director Josy Ratliff noted the department lost $100,000 when the department lost its transportation contract with the local hospital.

A town hall is being held on Thursday to discus funding options.