The Sheridan City Council held a special meeting Monday night where they passed a budget resolution directing staff to publish a Request for Proposals for ambulance services within the City.
In an effort to try and close the $1.6 million budget shortfall that is projected for the upcoming fiscal year, department heads have come up with ideas to cut expenditures, which were approved by the Council in the form of a resolution.
City Clerk Scott Badley says that the RFP for ambulance services will go out immediately.
By contracting ambulance services out to a third party, the City anticipates to save $650,000 in General Fund monies that are used to subsidize Sheridan Fire Rescue.
Firefighter George Neeson says that he doesn't necessarily have an issue with the City going out for proposals, as long as they get a fair shot.
If the City does receive a satisfactory proposal and it's not from Sheridan Fire Rescue, the fire department will also have to cut up to eight full-time positions.
The resolution passed by the Council states that if Sheridan Fire Rescue is not the winning bidder, then the fire department would retain ambulances to respond to emergency calls and would be placed 3rd in priority, as well as the reduction of eight full-time employees.
The City has also announced that they are offering voluntary buyouts once again this year. We'll have more on that issue later today.