By Lon Anderson
For the Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority, their July meeting was the first of the new fiscal year but was not much different than others, with concerns about facilities, equipment, and service call volumes. They did, however, elect their officers for 2020-2021 fiscal year, but kept the same officers in place: Paul Lewis, president; Tim Thorne, vice president; Doug Coffman, secretary and Tim Ramsey, treasurer.
Perhaps most surprising at the meeting was that, even though the County Commission last spring took back the billing and collections activities concerning the County ambulance fees, there was still strong concern that the County Commission did not have a good grasp of the problems they face.
Lewis explained that the Commission had already experienced an issue because it extended the deadline for payment without incurring late fees. That date extension meant that those who had paid late and voluntarily added the late fees for missing the original deadline needed to receive refunds. They had to give back over $5,000 in late fees, Lewis reported.
“Who is making the decisions about billing and collections?” asked board member Fran Welton. “I’ve been concerned. I don’t think the