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ESD No. 3 considers collections agency




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STOCKDALE -- The commissioners of the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 may resort to a collections agency to get paid for outstanding services rendered.

More than $345,000 in outstanding payments dominated the March 6 meeting of the ESD.

Stockdale Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director David Rice said for a 13-month period (January 2013 through February 2014), that more than $345,000 remains uncollected by the EMS. This includes:

•$198,000 -- people who received EMS medical service and have no insurance

•$147,000 -- people with insurance.

Rice outlined how long it takes the EMS to receive some payments. If $17,000 was billed for services in January 2013, this amount could still be listed in the May to October bills outstanding.

Rice said it takes 60 to 90 days, sometimes longer, to receive payment.

Since the ESD is a taxing entity, Rice suggested the commissioners consider using a collections agency to increase revenue.

ESD No. 3 President Lynn Ray West and Commissioner Teri Wolff were in favor of pursuing this avenue.

The meeting also revisited two unresolved issues carried over from the February meeting.

The contract between Wilson County and the Stockdale EMS is at a standstill, for one.

As reported last month, the county will not dispense a $25,000 disbursement until the ESD board provides an audit of its account. Prior to the meeting, West spoke with Wilson County Health and Safety Officer Edwin Baker regarding the contract. Baker suggested allowing the county to forward the money directly to the Stockdale EMS, not ESD No. 3. If approved, the ESD and EMS would then be audited together.

For this to happen, the contract between the ESD and the Stockdale EMS would have to be amended to reflect the change.

Also revisited was the purchase of a stretcher at a cost of $19,700. Some confusion existed as to which budget -- the ESD’s or the EMS’s -- the expense should be allocated.

The board approved deleting this purchase from the next three ESD quarterly payments to the Stockdale EMS, the ESD’s service provider.

Another issue, relating to the ESD’s boundaries and emergency-service numbers, might not be resolved for another year.

Rice said Wilson County Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek advised she had forwarded the data to the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) for completion.The next meeting is set for Thursday, April 3, at which time Carlos Salazar may join the board -- if the Wilson County commissioners approve his appointment.

Salazar will replace August Moczygemba, who resigned during the Jan. 9 meeting, pending a replacement.

Also in attendance: board member Kirby Urrabazo and Carlos Salazar.
 

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