Economics of eliminating outside the city EMS calls to get Bowie council scrutiny

By BARBARA GREEN

It may be a bloody budget season for the City of Bowie as a pair of budget workshops this week dived into a projected revenue loss of just under $1 million and the council voting to explore the economic ramifications of eliminating emergency medical service calls outside the city limits.

The city council met Tuesday and Thursday for budget workshops.

Tuesday night the council met with departments heads who each went through their budget requests and made further cuts. By the end of the two-hour Tuesday session, a total of $274,233 had been cut.

However, on Thursday things took a new twist as the council decided to explore getting out of its 30-year bulk power purchase contract with Bryan Texas Utilities and directed the staff to gather data on the economic impact eliminating out of city limit ambulance calls.

Read the full story in the weekend News. Also see the related story on additional departmental budget cuts in the weekend edition.