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January 13--  Montgomery County will keep its ambulance service with Toombs EMS in 2014.

After putting the service out for bids, the county commission accepted a bid of $186,000 from Toombs County at its Monday night meeting.  A bid from Choice Care in Treutlen County was submitted after the deadline and was not considered.

County manager Brandon Braddy estimates the new contract will save the county about $36,000 this year.

The Commission also approved a general fund budget of $3.7 million in 2014, about $300,000 more than 2013.  Braddy says the increase is due primarily to the activation of the county's own E-911 service and the addition of two employees to the county road department.