Tulsa's Mayoral Race: On EMSA
Overshadowing a news conference about creating jobs is the issue of public safety and how EMSA's new response times are costing the citizens of Tulsa thousands of extra dollars a day."I'm very concerned that we have a band aid approach to response times and how we're going to pay for it," says Kathy Taylor. She says her administration looked at the fire department taking over EMSA, how EMSA was funded and how it would reimburse the city as the city was collecting those fees for the additional cost of the fire department."They haven't been paying the amount that we negotiated. I was told the other day that they may actually not pay any of that in the future yet we are asking the fire department to take on 14-thousand additional runs that's just an additional cost to city government," says Taylor.Tulsa's Mayor Dewey Bartlett sides with EMSA and the services tulsa's ambulance service has provided to residents over the years. "What we presently have in place works extremely well," says Mayor Bartlett. Mayor Bartlett has strong opinions about how the city should be run and continues to drive home the points he's made in his campaign commercials. "We inherited a situation where we were practically out of money in our savings account essentially so we had a very very difficult situation but we managed our way through the problem and we're doing the same thing now, we're managing the city well."