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Town votes to combine ambulance districts

Bethlehem brought under single tax rate after EMS merger

— Clarkson said he wants to work to eliminate dispatch charges for the town and has been working with Delmar-Bethlehem EMS to reduce the fees for the coming years. The $275,000 in fees expected for this year will be offset by partial use of the Local Government Efficiency Award town received in June.

Along with the combination of the three tax districts into one, additional changes will also come for North Bethlehem residents. By Jan. 1, 2014, all those living in North Bethlehem will no longer have to pay co-pays or deductibles for ambulance services. Residents annually pay about $13,700 in co-pays now. Those fees will be waived.

The dissolution resolution was unanimously passed by the Town Board. Many of the changes that come with the resolution are already taking place. Others will begin as of Jan. 1.

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