Pflugerville officials approve deal with private ambulance service company

After postponing a decision to contract with a private ambulance service provider last month, Pflugerville City Council has agreed to a deal for emergency services in the city.

Officials made the decision during a Nov. 9 meeting, and the deal involves Acadian Ambulance Services, LLC, which would begin providing services Jan. 1.

Council Member David Rogers said Nov. 2 the fact that Acadian is not charging the city as part of the contract and will subsequently rely on billing for revenues served as an attractive element of the deal.

On Oct. 30, Travis County commissioners Jeff Travillion and Brigid Shea issued a statement condemning the contract with Acadian and calling on all residents of Pflugerville and in its extraterritorial jurisdiction to vote yes on a Nov. 2 ballot initiative for the newly created ESD No. 17 overlay district to annex both areas.

"Voting for ESD 17 means saying no to for-profit corporate ambulances that are known for long response times to emergencies, that can cost you twice as much and who aggressively debt collect to include even putting liens on people's homes," the statement said.


The same day, many residents spoke out against the deal and urged council to wait for the results of the annexation election before moving forward with Acadian.

The ballot measures to annex the city in ESD 17 failed in the unofficial vote count by wide margins, with residents voting almost 65% against the measure to pay taxes to the district.

In addition to the ballot measures failing, Pflugerville City Council recently passed a franchise requirement to provide emergency medical services within city limits.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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