Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Audit: Service Ran out of Money, but No Wrongdoing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Audit: Service Ran out of Money, but No Wrongdoing

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An audit ordered after taxpayers complained about management practices of the Big River Ambulance District turned up no improprieties but showed that the district routinely ran out of money before the end of each year and had to borrow for one or two months.

David Horowitz, attorney for Big River, said the practice was not unusual among ambulance districts that must wait on insurance companies to pay for services. But Big River could do better, Horowitz said at a recent district meeting.

Before the audit was received, the district had begun monthly cash-flow reviews, but the report emphasized the need to monitor monthly income and expenses. In recent months, paramedics, stung by residents' criticism of the district, had banded together to help the board of directors improve the district's finances, Horowitz said. When not on call, paramedics helped secretary Robin Salters process billing for ambulance trips. The district will save about $16,000 on employees' medical insurance next year by switching to a plan offered through Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan. …

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