The Elbert County EMS Department is set to add a new ambulance to their fleet in 2013.
The Elbert County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase during their regular monthly meeting earlier in the week. The cost of the ambulance will be around $122,000.
SPLOST money will cover the cost of the purchase. Commission Chair Tommy Lyon said it’s important to be sure the county can afford the costs.
“We may approve it right here”, said Lyon, “but if we don’t have the money, then we are not going to turn it loose.”
Each month the county has certain commitments set aside that have to be covered by SPLOST funds. Elbert County Chief Financial Officer Phil Pitts said the county will have to be tight on spending to stay in the black.
“In order to make these commitments, we have to be very froogle about the other things that we do”, said Pitts. “There is usually not much being spent right now, but we will have to stick with that in order to make these commitments on the jeep and ambulance. We can make it, but we can’t go out and do any significant road work or spend money in the meantime.”
The bid was approved with a 4-0 vote on Monday. Commissioner Kenneth Ashworth was not present, as he was absent due to having the flu.