We begin tonight with a follow-up on a story that’s been developing since the end of August on the Newport select board’s proposal to increase fees for towns utilizing its ambulance service.
The board voted unanimously Monday night to continue providing service to the towns of Croydon, Goshen and half of Sunapee, but only after significantly increasing the annual fees charged to the three towns.
Sunapee will see the biggest increase in fees at 369-percent, with charges increasing from a little more than $16,000-dollars a year to more than $77,000. Both Croydon and Goshen had been paying approximately $14,000-dollars a year, but will now each pay around $40,000 for service.
The costs were based on the population of the towns, and their average amount of ambulance calls over the last three years. Croydon, Goshen and Sunapee have been utilizing Newport EMS for more than a decade, and the new charges will go in effect January 1st of 2016.