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Chickasaw County sending ambulance service to voters, council still working contract

Language being sent to county attorney to put on November ballot

New Hampton, Iowa – One of the first steps in breaking the ambulance service-log jam in Chickasaw County happened Monday morning.

The board of supervisors decided to move forward taking the EMS to voters.

Chairmen Jacob Hackman asked for consensus to direct the county attorney to draw up a resolution for the November 5th ballot.

 

The two resolutions would be an income surtax and an essential service tax.

An income surtax would create revenue based on a person’s income and an essential service tax levy would be based on property valuations.

The exact numbers or percentages hadn’t been decided Monday morning.

2021 would be the earliest a tax-funded ambulance service would go into effect.  If the voters passed it, the taxes would last for five years.

Then at Monday night’s ambulance council meeting, The Chickasaw Ambulance Council only needed 30 minutes to approve a  counteroffer draft to Jeremy McGrath’s ambulance service.

The details stayed the same with year one’s price tag nearly $142,000 and year two’s cost grows by 3 percent.

Pending legal opinion, the council will then propose the counter offer to McGrath.

However, McGrath’s attorney told North Iowa News after the meeting he would not be inclined to sign the offer, meaning the ambulance council would go back to the drawing board.

McGrath’s ambulance service ends July 1.

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Kellan Heavican

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