When funds for roads and parks are cut, nobody dies
LARGO - Officials from St. Petersburg insist that cutting $7 million out of their $12 million budget for emergency medical services will adversely affect the system by, among other things, increasing the wait time for paramedics.
It's not like cutting funds for parks, roads or other city services, Mayor Bill Foster said.
"In all those reductions, nobody dies," Foster said.
Council member Wengay Newton picked up the argument.
"With the change response times, there will be fatalities, make no doubt about it," Newton said.
County Commission chairwoman Susan Latvala snapped, "Please stop using the statement that people wil die."
Newton: "They will.
Latvala: "People are not going to die. We will not let that happen."
-- Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer