Rotterdam ambulance decision nearing

The tax district's failing, said Brodie, forced REMS to re-evaluate its billing practices. If the tax district passed, REMS would have set a tax rate for the public to pay for services rendered, similar to fire districts.

DiLeva said she knows there are questions about what happened in the past with the agency and Del Gallo questioned where past ALS billing funds through a verbal agreement with the previous board. Del Gallo previously said he would pursue an audit of REMS for the ALS funds, but an audit hasn't been completed.

On a handout given to audience members and the board, REMS listed potential revenue for the town through ALS billing in 2011 and 2012, but 2009 and 2010 were blacked out. This led Del Gallo to question if any ALS fees were collected in 2009. Chairman of REMS Board of Directors Joe VanDerwerker said he wasn't sure.

"Who keeps the books, nobody?" asked Del Gallo.

John Jankey, from Rotterdam Fire District 3, said no one has questioned REMS' quality of service.

"I haven't heard anybody debate that they are getting terrible service from REMS, so why would you change something that wasn't broke?" said Jankey. "We are arguing over money, and not quality of care."

Mohawk, meanwhile, repeated that it is committed to finding an appropriate property to house ambulances in the town. Like REMS, Mohawk said it would commit one ambulance 24/7 to the town.

"We certainly would like to buy a building or lease it first, depending on the availability of commercial property," said Richard Brandt, vice president of operations for Mohawk.

Some residents were concerned that Mohawk might not really set up inside the town and that if it did, it would happen slowly.

Brandt continued to stress it would look for a location within the town.

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