Meeting tonight on emergency services overhaul

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CHARLES TOWN – A special meeting of the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency and the County Commission will be held tonight to examine a proposal to overhaul the emergency services system in the county.

The seven-point plan, introduced by Commissioner Walt Pellish, comes amid efforts to rein in an ongoing county budget crisis and includes cutting the size of the JCESA’s board from 13 to 5; asking volunteer fire companies to share half of the revenue they collect for ambulance runs with the JCESA; withholding $1 million of County Commission funding if it doesn’t agree and instead having the JCESA distribute county funds on an as-needed basis; and eliminating two administrative staff positions from the JCESA.

The meeting will be held in the County Commission room in the basement of the Old Charles Town Library at 7 p.m.

— Bryan Clark




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