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Maryland Measure On Ambulance Fees Trails Behind

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Initial results indicate a ballot measure to pass ambulance fees onto residents has failed in Montgomery County, Md.

Currently the measure is down by more than 19,000 votes. It would pass the fee for ambulance services on to the insurance companies of residents.

More than 34,000 ballots still need to be tabulated over the next two weeks though. Spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Board of Elections Marjorie Roher says it's still too early to tell the measure's fate.

"I never will project anything as long as there are more votes to be counted then the difference between the count right now," Roher says.

County officials are facing an approximately $14 million budget gap. If the ambulance fees referendum fails, more than 100 firefighters may lose their jobs.

Roher says election officials could have a better indication of the measures outcome by the end of the week.

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