Putney Voters Back Town Budget, Rescue Inc Contract

May 23, 2014

Voters at a special town meeting in Putney Thursday night reaffirmed the $1.8 million budget they approved in March.

The vote was an endorsement of Rescue Inc, a multi-town emergency services coop that Putney has used for decades.

The original budget, presented in March, called for the town to switch to Golden Cross, a for-profit ambulance service based in Claremont, NH and Westminster.

Golden Cross offered to serve the town for $22,000 less than Rescue Inc. But voters in March amended the budget to pay for the higher-priced services of Rescue Inc.

Putney Select Board chairman Scott Henry said  the proposed change didn't reflect dissatisfaction with Rescue.

“It’s a straightforward question of dollars and cents. We’re always looking for a way to cut costs or save some money -- but again, you know, there’s a lot of connection in the community. There’s a lot to be said for being part of a regional organization within our community,” Henry said.

The vote was 141 in favor of keeping Rescue in the budget, and 33 against, a higher voter turnout than in March.