The Floyd County Board of Supervisors now have some possible figures to consider for an essential medical services (EMS) tax levy to present to voters this November.
During their regular Board meeting Monday, Supervisors heard from Charles City Councilman Patrick Lumley, who also serves as the chair of the EMS Advisory Council, which will make recommendations on how much the tax levy could be and how long it would be in effect.
Lumley says the EMS council has worked numbers for a 10-year tax levy at a rate up to 57.2 cents per $100,000 assessed valuation, with revenue benefitting EMS provided throughout the county by ambulance and first responders from Charles City, Marble Rock, Greene, Nora Springs and the EMS association.
Supervisor Roy Schwickerath, a non-voting member of the EMS Advisory Council, noted that even if the Board approved those preliminary numbers, it would also come with some flexibility.
Supervisors took no action, with the EMS Advisory Council slated for more meetings before making their final recommendations by the end of August.
Even if the EMS resolution makes it on the ballot this fall, it would still require a 60% majority yes vote to pass.