I know things are hard, but we were shocked. We own property, we pay our taxes for these services and now we find out that we have to pay when there is an emergency. Yes, everyone is hurting and trying to survive and $75 for most of us is hard to come by. I told my wife and children that if I had low blood sugar again, not to call 911 and just do what they can and pray I don’t die. Most people are having to scrape to get by, and now when we have an emergency, if we don’t have $75, we are out of luck. The EMTs are great; they even hesitated when we had to sign the bill. They just do their job and do it well, but be warned that if you call them and don’t get transported, you will be charged, which means the emergency room will be full because insurance won’t pay the $75 if you don’t go to the hospital.
It’s a no-win situation and I just thought that the taxpayers of Newton County should be aware.
The Rev. Tim Walden Sr.