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Gold Cross will no longer provide ambulance services in Richmond County following today’s vote by Augusta Commissioners to reject a contract with the company.  Five Commissioners voted in favor of the contract, while four said no.   Six “yes” votes were needed for it to pass.

Gold Cross had asked the city for a $1.95 million payment now, plus a $1.75 million annual subsidy to help cover rising costs as well as others associated with those who aren’t able to pay for the services they receive.

After the contract was rejected, Gold Cross Vice President Steven Vincent told officials the company would voluntarily surrender its designation status for its assigned Emergency Response Zone in Richmond County, effective immediately.

It will be up to the state Department of Health to appoint an ambulance provider for Richmond County now.

Gold Cross will continue providing service in Columbia and Jefferson Counties. The company says despite pulling out of Richmond County, no employees will be losing their jobs.  Officials say they will be offered other positions within the company.