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People React About EMS Levy Delay

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YAKIMA, Wa.- Firefighters are often the first on the scene, but without paramedics they are limited with what they can do to help.

"They weren't able to give me an I.V. or pain medicine...instead I spent 4 hours in the hospital," said Richard Carmody, a Yakima resident that broke his arm during an accident.

The EMS levy would make fire services faster and put more paramedics on emergency scenes.

City Council members say they think this is a good idea, but just not now.

"The community and I needed much more time and information," said Councilwoman Kathy Coffey.

This is why the council voted 5-2 against putting the EMS levy on the November ballot. Now it may not be considered until the March elections.

"The longer this draws out, the longer it'll take both to pass it and train EMS people," said Carmody.

If the levy does pass the average home-owner will pay three to five dollars more a month.

"Paying $5 to make sure when I'm gray and old...that I have medical care. I'll pay it," said Carmody.

Money isn't the only issue. City Council says a levy can be either temporary or permanent. Councilwoman Coffey says she thinks an on-going levy would benefit the community.
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