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New Report Released on Salisbury/Wicomico Fire Service Funding

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - A third party consulting group, hired by Wicomico County and the City of Salisbury, has released its findings on the funding issue surrounding the fire service in the county.  Salisbury leaders believe the city should be paid more by the county for the fire and EMS service provided outside of the city limits.  

TriData, LLC presented the new information to the Salisbury city council and Wicomico County council on Monday afternoon.  The findings in the report side with the city's belief that more compensation is necessary for the services provided.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day said the city of Salisbury exports the city's fire and EMS service to people outside the city that are not paying for that service in full.

"They're getting it, not for free, but they are getting it for less than they're paying for it.  And there are certain other people who are paying not only their fair share, they're paying somebody else's fair share.  So there is an inequity and this is a process to fix that," Mayor Day said Monday.

The information put together by the third party consulting group laid out 10 recommendations for the city and county to structure a new fire service agreement around.  Including in the recommendations was while the county continues to pay a grant to each fire station in Wicomico County, the city is also paid by the county $288.95 for each fire call in the suburban areas outside of the city.  TriData also suggested the city and county work out an agreement over how to pay for each EMS call outside of the city limits as well.

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said he was reading over the newly presented information and that he was looking forward to meeting with city leaders to discuss the next steps.  A sentiment echoed by Mayor Day.

"And I hope that agreement is struck within the next few months," Day said.

Which would perhaps bring an end to the ongoing debate over EMS and fire fighting funding in the county.

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