Ambulance rates could increase to pay for new fire station

Ambulance rates could increase to pay for new fire station
RICHLAND, Wash. -- The price you pay to keep ambulances going could be rising for folks in Richland. It's been just a year and a half since the city raised the monthly rate.

Now Richland is looking to raise it again. The higher cost would amount to about 30-dollars more a year. It would pay for a new fire station in south Richland -- staffed with six EMTs.

“This is the time, 2014 is the year we need to do this and here's how we're going to fund it. It's tough. It's not a decision any of us like making, but this is the time to take this project to completion,” says Richland Fire Chief Grant Baynes.

The new fire station will be built sometime next year. Richland will vote on the rate increase at tonight's meeting.