|for FY 2016-2017, Escambia County was stiffed for $2.2Million in unpaid Ambulance Ride Bills....|
One of the items that was discussed at yesterday's BCC meeting was the write-down of $2.2Million Dollars in bad debts. The debt is not being forgiven, according to our back-up documentation and reiterated by staff, but this debt has already gone through primary and secondary collections processes, and now for accounting purposes this is being removed from the books. According to staff, this will go to a debt collector, and the forecast is that we "may" collect $40,000-80,000 of this $2.2Million. At the meeting, staff and a couple of commissioners stated that although this is a large amount, our percentage of overall collection of fees for the EMS department is about 65%--which is among the best percentages in the state. I have to question this big of a loss, I'm going to look into how other counties do this--maybe someone has a better method of going after those that do not pay? If nothing else--this is a huge eye-opener.