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The Pettis County Ambulance District approved a 2013 amended budget and bids for the purchase of ambulances during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner told directors the tax-based district is taking in an average of about $180,000 a month, with a current cash-on-hand balance of $487,545.98. According to the amended budget approved Tuesday, PCAD will take in $2.2 million over the next year and $1.7 million in expenses, including payroll/hiring, purchasing and equipping ambulances, communication infrastructure and other costs.

“I’m really comfortable with everything we are doing right now,” Gardner told the Democrat. “We have our plan in place and we are moving forward.”

Along with unanimous approval of the 2013 budget, directors also approved bids for the purchase of four new ambulances from Osage Ambulances, of Linn, for $519,050. The purchase would include two larger 2013 Osage 168-inch Super Warrior models, built on a 2013 Chevy G4500 chassis, and two lighter models built on a 2013 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 3500 chassis.

Gardner said he expects an additional $400,000 in costs to equip and stock the ambulances, which should be delivered for service in September.

Looking ahead, Gardner said he is not ready to project a date for when the district will be operational, but noted that the district will likely begin interviewing staff for ambulance crews this summer, a process that “could take a couple of months.”

Directors also discussed radio purchases, plans for paying out contract provider APSi on a monthly basis and how best to invest reserve revenue.

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