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In Granite City, Illinois, the city council has approved a resolution to hire American Accounts and Advisors, a collection agency in Minnesota, to collect money that Efficient Billing has not received after sending bills for ambulance services rendered since February 2006.

The city is attempting to collect an estimated 7% of bills from 2007 that were unpaid, which totals just more than $95,000, according to Granite City Fire Department Chief Tim Connolly. Overall, the city wants to collect about $200,000 in unpaid bills, which includes the $95,000 from 2007.

The city was responsible for ambulance billing until the city council approved a resolution a little more than two years ago for Efficient Billing, based in Chicago, to do the work. Successfully collecting the past due money has been a constant problem for the city, says Connolly, who talked with several collection agencies and communities about collecting unpaid bills before he asked the council a few months ago to approve American Accounts and Advisers.

American Accounts and Advisers, like Efficient Billing, receives a percentage from the amount of money it collects.

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