Proposition Ambulance was voted down in a special election on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Out of the 5,041 votes that were cast, 3,657 were "no’s" and 1,384 were cast for "yes," striking the proposition down by a 3 to 1 margin.
Lincoln County Ambulance District (LCAD) Chief Administrator Ray Antonacci, though disappointed in the results, stated that the sky hasn’t fallen at his office, and it continues to be business as usual.
“We’re obviously disappointed, but we are not taking this defeat as a complete defeat. We hear the taxpayers, we hear the citizens and we are going to go back and maybe bring in some of the detractors, some of those that maybe have ideas that we haven’t though of and work from there. The need is still there. It hasn’t gone away,” Antonacci said.
Antonacci said that it is too soon to be saying anything about future endeavors or plans and that he and his team of LCAD Administrators and the Board of Directors to see where to go from here.
The most notable element about the results was the fact that the no’s received 73 percent of the votes.
On why that margin was so substantial, Antonacci said, “I’m not sure right now. I’d like to talk to some experts in these areas to see what their thoughts are.”
One explanation Antonacci explored was the fact that there was a distinct "absolutely no new tax ever, no matter the cause" group of voters and a "yes, anything that will help" group, but the outlier, and possible cause of the disparity in the vote, was a group which had the mentality of yes, we need better services, but no to this plan.
Antonacci stated that he felt responsible for that latter group choosing to vote no, because they didn’t have a clear enough picture of the plan and its implementation.
“They didn’t understand it or didn’t see the need. And that was something that I honestly think I failed at in the communicating. Either they didn’t hear me or didn’t believe me. And those are the people: the people that would look at a tax, maybe not this one, but a tax of some kind – one with a sunset, one that is maybe a little less – and those are the people that I’d like to call and meet with them bout and see where that communication failed,” Antonacci said.
He reiterated that the show must go on and that they are still here for the people of Lincoln County and will continue to uphold the highest level of performance they can reach under the current circumstances.
“Nothing has changed from yesterday or the day before. We’re still going to work towards improving our service and increasing our staffing. How we’re going to fund that, I don’t know today.”