The Syracuse area's Village of Minoa has turned over operation of it's municiapl ambulance service to another operator. Facing a $300,000 operating deficit, trustees faced reality and made what was surely a tough decision. The operation will now be run by nonprofit WAVES, a nearby service provider.
The change will mean an estimated eight village ambulance employees will be removed from the Village's payroll. Most of those staff are expected to be hired by WAVES.
Using government to provide any service that could be handled otherwise always results in higher costs and lower efficiency. Forced to pay taxes that are among the highest in the country, Finger Lakes residents must demand more of these changes from their elected officials, or replace them with representatives who understand the urgency of the problem.
Previous discussions of financial difficulties facing Central New York's municipal emergency services here and here.