A special election is coming up on Aug. 6 over Prop. Ambulance, but in the lead up to the vote, the Lincoln County Ambulance District plans to hold three more town hall style meetings over the issue.
Prop. Ambulance would authorize the Ambulance District Board of Directors to levy an additional tax (not to exceed 35 cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation) to provide funds for the support of the district.
The ballot language states the issue would be used to help decrease response times and “save lives” as call-volume increases from the fast-growing population and rising number of older citizens.
Call volume has more than doubled over the past two decades, starting at 3,989 calls per year in 2000, and increasing to 7,116 calls in 2018. This corresponds with a rise in population growth: 39,224 residents lived in Lincoln County in 2000, and over 56,000 are estimated to reside in the county at present.
The first town hall over the issue will be tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Ambulance District Base 5 (https://www.lcad.net/about-us/find-your-ems-bases); the next will be Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. at 1392 South Third Street in Troy.
The third town hall will be July 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Winfield/Foley Fire House 1.
The final town hall will be on Aug. 2, at Elsberry Base 3 (902 New Hope Road in Elsberry) at 6:30 p.m.