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An article from the Wisconsin State Journal describing the difficulty of local government service consolidation:

"For the first time in recent memory, the oddly shaped, sparsely populated and slated-for-extinction town of Blooming Grove will have its own ambulance service.

"The nearly $800,000 it’s spending to do this includes the cost of a new fire station, an ambulance and staff. Despite the start-up costs, town administrator Mike Wolf contends that residents will end up paying less for the service than before, after taking into account the sale of the town’s old public works garage and a contract with the town of Burke to serve its residents, too.

"Still, $800,000 to begin ambulance service in a...."  Read the full article

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