Hagerstown city council continues to go over the yearly budget review, and the Community Rescue Service could see a cut in their budget.
During a general fund review, the Hagerstown city council discussed shifting funds to cover the $100,000 commitment for the Maryland theatre expansion project and the Doleman Black Heritage Museum.
Council members talked about cutting $18,000 from the $44,000 that goes to the community rescue service.
“I think that in this point in time, cutting it back slightly and not depleting it, saying, giving some but not all and maybe next year some things may change for them. They may need it and we will make that assessment at that time,” Shelly McIntyre, said, a Hagerstown City Councilwoman.
“For the 10,000 plus calls that we run in the city, the proposed 25,000 that they would contribute, it equates to $2.30, per medical emergency, doesn’t even begin to cover the cost,” Robert Buck said, Assistant Chief of CRS.
City council members say the proposed budget cut is appropriate for this fiscal budget year – but the cut wouldn’t be permanent. The proposed budget is set for a public hearing on May 7.