Published: Nov 05, 2012 12:48 PM EST
Updated: Nov 05, 2012 5:42 PM EST

LEE COUNY, Fla.- Lee County commissioners discussed Monday whether to re-start Medstar, partner with a private company, or contract the service out.

Commissioners weighed the costs of hiring a private company, and seemed to favor privatizing the service or entering a partnership where the pilots are hired by a private company and the paramedics are provided by the county.

At the same time, Lee County is pleading with the FAA to treat the improper billing by Medstar as a result of what some board members say are honest mistakes and honest miscommunication among management. They are pleading for no fines and sanctions as a result.

Commissioner Tammy Hall said Monday, the FAA could impose fines between $1,100-$11,000 per infraction.  The county faces between 90-100.

Commissioners are expected to take up a vote on the issue at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.