Augusta,GA – Augusta Commissioners are debating whether it’s the end of the line with Gold Cross EMS.
The city signed a three-year deal with the ambulance company last year, agreeing to pay Gold Cross more than $1 million per year for the service.
However, Commissioner Sammie Sias, and others, want to end the deal to save money. Other Commissioners say now isn’t the time to change.
“I believe in honoring a contract,” said Commissioner Bill Fennoy, who was on the board when the deal was first approved. “Even though we are paying the company?” we asked. “I did not vote originally for Gold Cross, but since we have a contract in place, we need to honor the contract,” added Fennoy.
Ending the contract with 90 days notice is up for a vote at Tuesday’s Commission meeting. Gold Cross officials say the city subsidy helps them offset lost revenue from unpaid bills coming from Augusta residents.