The Emergency Medical Services Authority provides ambulance service for Tulsa, Oklahoma City and their surrounding communities. Has EMSA also been taking taxpayers for ride with the way it conducts its business? An audit of EMSA should answer that question. It’s one that needs to be answered, following investigations by the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman that revealed questionable spending and management by the agency. They included significant expenditures for lobbyists, an apartment for the CEO to use while he’s in Oklahoma City, and even a pair of high-end cookout grills. EMSA also faces a lawsuit filed by several patients who said they were billed for services that should have been covered by a program, called TotalCare, that allows residents to pay a monthly fee on their water bills in return for no out-of-pocket expenses for ambulance service. EMSA officials have defended their billing practices. In mid-April, the Tulsa City Council ordered a management audit of EMSA by Tulsa city staff. Oklahoma City’s council opted not to do that, preferring the EMSA trust make that decision. The trust last week voted to form a committee to determine the scope of the potential audit. In Tulsa, the city’s management review office is aiming for June 30 to finish its investigation. The EMSA trust’s three-member committee is expected next month to tell the full trust how wide a net auditors should cast. One committee member, EMSA trustee and Oklahoma City Council member Ed Shadid, would prefer a wide scope. Shadid, a medical doctor who has been critical of EMSA, says a thorough scrubbing is needed to “restore maximum credibility with the public.” That sentiment was echoed by Tulsa-area lawmakers last week and by state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones. “Citizens have a right to have their questions answered,” Jones said. Those citizens should be pleased to know those answers are coming.