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Newport Select Board Considers Increasing Fee for Ambulance Service

NEWPORT – The Newport select board is considering increasing annual fees to three local towns for use of its ambulance service.

The board had also considered cutting service all together to Goshen, Croydon and half of Sunapee, who has relied on Newport EMS for more than a decade. Business Administrator Paul Brown presented the proposal during Monday night’s select board meeting, basing his figures on a three-year history for services in those towns.

According to those figures, both Croydon and Goshen would go from paying roughly $14,000 a year to approximately $35,000, while Sunapee could see an increase from a little over $16,000 a year up to around $75,000.

The select board plans to meet with the boards of Croydon, Goshen and Sunapee so those towns can incorporate the potential increases into their respective budgets.

The Newport select board is slated to make a final decision on the issue at its next meeting in two weeks.

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