- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Horry County officials hope to collect some overdue bills for ambulance service.

Multiple media outlets report that Horry County Council next week will consider writing off nearly $6 million in bills from 2012.

But officials hope to collect at least some of the money, perhaps using a collections business.

Billing for ambulance service has risen from about $8 million in 2007 to nearly $20 million this year. The number of calls for emergency medical service increased by 12,000 over the past five years. The county had 49,000 calls in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The county can recover some money from South Carolina residents through a program that takes money from a resident’s income tax refund. Last year, the county collected more than $500,000 using the state program.

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