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EMS costs on the rise

Minimizing the tax impact to residents is the main reason why all three EMS providers are now making the switch.

"Revenue recovery is taking place all around us and we are very much in support of this," said Cunningham. "The long-term plan is to get revenue recovery to a point where we receive enhanced services at no cost to the taxpayer."

The town will also receive some indirect savings with the new billing procedure by rolling a portion of their 9-1-1-dispatch service cost over to the EMS providers. The move is expected to save the town $240,000 next year.

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