Gratiot County’s financial bottom line went from good to even better in 1995, according to its annual, independent audit. Revenues to the county’s general fund increased 60 percent over 1994. According to county administrator Roger Cook, "Every department and elected official were very frugal and under budget on expenses."

Another of the many reasons for the positive report was the success of the county’s 1992 ambulance privatization, labeled by Cook as "a great policy decision."

"By privatizing the service the county saved $77,000 in direct costs and $54,000 in indirect costs," said Cook. At the same time, an additional ambulance was put into service to better serve the community of Breckenridge and vicinity.