OWOSSO — The Owosso Township Board voted 5-2 in late
August to contract out for ambulance service. The vote followed months of
arguments on both sides of the issue and may now result in a recall vote.
In September those opposed to ambulance privatization
began collecting signatures to remove Township Supervisor Richard Gute and Clerk
Judy Gute from their positions. Both of the two officials voted in favor of the
privatization. The Flint Journal reported that three other trustees who voted to
change services are not included on the recall petition. The recall vote is
slated for Feb. 28, 2006.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has written on
the subject of ambulance privatization for years. For further reading, see
"Ambulance Wars" on the Mackinac Center’s Web page at
"Privatization: A Cure for What Ails Detroit’s Emergency Medical Services?" at