Utica Fire Dept. makes emergency ambulance purchase
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#1 Dec 6, 2013
Exactly why Utica should not be in the ambulance business. It's a liability to the taxpayers and is adding costs to the cities budget. We cannot afford to be in the ambulance business. It is losing money every year and is unsustainable. Now we have to go into debt for an ambulance service for which there was no need. Kunkle was a well capable and sufficient ambulance service which service it's residents with A1 service. Get rid of it now!!!!
#2 Dec 6, 2013
you did not make one accurate statement ! Now stop whining!!
#3 Dec 6, 2013
As long as I get my new Escalade stop your complaining. The ambulance service is bringing in between $82K-$115K/month...every month. Of course, 93% of that goes to pay for OT staffing and straight time UFD salaries.
#4 Dec 6, 2013
Exactly right post 1.
#5 Dec 6, 2013
Pretty sure they are still paying off the first ambulances which they got when they started. They bonded over 20 years for them.
What the heck does the city do with all this old used stuff? Let it sit around somewhere still??
Great thinking whomever in city gov't. did that.
#6 Dec 6, 2013
Ok, tell me one statement that's not accurate. They say they brought in 1.8 million dollars this year but yet they don't have a red cent to purchase an ambulance that taxpayers are on the hook for. Every new ambulance is paid for by taxpayers and not any revenue that the ambulance service makes. That's because the ambulance service is losing money. Why don't you correct me if I'm wrong? The ambulance service, if you count the money we pay for the ambulances, paramedics, and overtime the taxpayers are losing money. Kunkle would be able to tell you exactly how much the city is losing and then some.
#7 Dec 6, 2013
It's because the city of Utica doesn't know the difference between income and revenue.
#8 Dec 7, 2013
Utica is half ass backwards and corruptly dumb. You always have to have your hands in your pockets and expect heavy tax increases every year. Will be at max tax soon then what are they going to do. Will be breaking into cars for spare change when our leaders are done with us.
#9 Dec 7, 2013
I'm waiting for the state comptroller to come in and totally pore over all of ootica's finances. Then he recommends a state board come in and control ALL the money & ootica's finances, including union contracts.
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