Ambulance Fee Vote
By a 6-3 vote, the Montgomery County Council voted on May 15 to approve the Emergency Medical Services Transport Reimbursement legislation (ambulance fee) proposed by County Executive Ike Leggett. The fee was proposed in 2010 and approved by the Council, but was rejected by a voter referendum.
Leggett proposed the fee this year after he submitted his recommended budget on March 15. Bill 17-12 would impose a reimbursement fee to recover costs for transports. For most county residents, the fees (ranging from an estimated $300 to $800) would be paid by their health insurers. Any remaining fees for county residents have been covered by the taxes they already pay.
In a November 2010 referendum, voters rejected a similar to Bill 17-12 by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent.