Kershaw County Council continues to work on EMS funding plan

Published: Feb. 2, 2015 at 4:19 PM EST|Updated: Oct. 20, 2017 at 4:10 PM EDT
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KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - As the year moves forward, leaders in Kershaw County say they are trying to sort out how county ambulance and EMS service will be funded.

"The main thing we want to make sure is it's not put on us, the citizens," County Councilman Jimmy Jones said.

KershawHealth, which currently funds and manages ambulance service, has been looking for the county to take over the financial burden. This comes as the hospital hopes to begin a lease agreement where Capella Healthcare would take over its management by the spring.

"If they just drop it on us, where's this money going to come from?" Jones asked.

An attorney for the county recently sent a letter to the hospital's legal team. In the letter the county asked for $3 million from KershawHealth to help fund EMS service until early 2017. County officials believe after that point new tax revenue from the lease agreement will be available to help support the service.

The Kershaw County Council decided to table discussion of the issue at its meeting last week. Jones says discussions are underway to have a special meeting regarding EMS service.

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