The agency that provides ambulance service in Hastings and Prince Edward counties has set its budget for 2018.
According to a report in the Intelligencer, the budget will increase just over 11% to almost 8.7 million dollars.
Director of Emergency Services for Hastings County Doug Socha said provincial legislation changes and increased demand for services forced a higher percentage increase than had been hoped for.
The number of calls for paramedics went up over 7% last year, totalling almost 24,000.
Meanwhile, there was good news as far as Hastings County’s Community and Human Services budget was concerned.
That budget will come in 2.36% lower than last year’s.