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Edmond residents can get ambulance service for $3 a month

Oct. 31 is the deadline to opt out of the city program that provides emergency ambulance service. A $3 monthly fee attached to utility bills provides ambulance rides for everyone in the home in emergency situations.
by Diana Baldwin Published: September 24, 2012
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Residents have until Oct. 31 to opt out of the city's program that provides emergency ambulance service for $3 a month.

The monthly fee attached to utility bills pays for a membership in Emergency Medical Services Authority's TotalCare program.

There are 27,135 Edmond households that participate in the program that started three years ago. The program provides emergency ambulance service for everyone living in the home.

Residents can opt out of the program every year during October. To determine whether you are enrolled in the program, check your utility bill for a $3 charge listed as TotalCare.

The city started the program in November 2009 after sales tax collections dropped and there was less money in the general fund.

Edmond's contract for the 2012-13 fiscal year is $1,010,425, up from $996,445 the previous year.

The cost to residents has been $3 a month since the program started in Edmond. City officials anticipate the cost may have to be increased to cover the annual EMSA cost. Oklahoma City charges its residents $3.65 a month for the same program.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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