Ambulance pact might be revised

Four counties may be willing to tilt changes in favor of Stanislaus County to keep it in a five-way partnership that regulates ambulance services.

Stanislaus supervisors six months ago indicated they might leave the Mountain- Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency in 18 months.

Stanislaus comprises 85 percent of the five counties' population and contributes 85 percent of the partnership's budget but has just 20 percent of voting power.

Also, the agency's headquarters are in Modesto but meetings of the joint-powers authority haven't been held here for years, usually occurring in foothill venues.

Leaders from the smaller counties — Calaveras, Mariposa, Alpine and Amador — said they want to keep the partnership going at a special meeting Monday, Stanislaus County Supervisor Jeff Grover said.