Circle the wagons Sam fans!
If you play hard-ball with people how do you expect to get their business for the funerals of their family members? And get them to vote for you for Coroner? Hence, Sam is a great guy.
Maybe, the ambulance business is run off of whatever they collect from insurance, voluntary payments and tax-payer subsidy. Hypothetically, it would make a good feeder for your funeral home, provided the ambulance business can stay afloat on the revenue model in use. Just like being a coroner and using your ambulances for transport and your funeral home for a morgue would also be a good feeder for your funeral home- hypothetically speaking. Too bad the county has never owned up, faced the issue and and actually bought/built an actual morgue that the coroner had to use.
Anyway, let's hypothetically say your ambulance business is loosing money, jeopardizing part of your feeder supply into your funeral home. You can tighten up on your collections (pissing off potential funeral home customers and voters), scrub your insurance billing (that takes a lot of work, software and billing code savvy) or go to the government for more "free" money. After a few years of getting more and more free money from the tax-payers maybe the patient is just too sick to save without even more subsidy. The ambulance company would either have to figure out how to squeeze more money out of the public coffers (shouldn't bee too hard- it has worked so far and I believe that Sam is a big supporter of at least one important BOC member), change their revenue model to include more aggressive collections (don't want to have to do that) or just give up being the zoned emergency ambulance provider and do non-emergency transports and inter-hospital transports. But then, who would do the emergency ambulance service??? Surely, Puckett or Metro or Ambucare would have absolutely no interest in Paulding County??? They must be having the same problems in Cobb and Haralson... probably about to go under any day now, I'll bet. I wonder if they would come in and if they would get the same subsidy that that Clark is getting???
Maybe the county should have more concern for our tax dollars, audit Clark Ambulance's books with a third-party CPA using GAAP as benchmarks and assess its business practices with an unbiased, unaffiliated EMS consulting service and require Clark to become accredited before another subsidy dollar goes to him. After that then maybe they can talk about any subsidy possibilities. Heck, who am I kidding... let's just give Clark a million dollars, pat him on the back and tell him what a great guy he is and call it a day. Take the emotions out of your thoughts and arguments and look at this as a business model- with your tax dollars subsidizing it. Just do the math and ask yourself some common-sense questions. Then ask why your elected officials are not doing the same.