Ambulance Service Set For Hearing
Posted: August 22, 2013 at 2:59 a.m.
Benton County officials are on track to decide next month whether to impose an ambulance service fee on rural residents.
AT A GLANCE
State law sets out the process for counties to establish emergency medical service districts:
The quorum court of any county on its own motion or upon petition of ten percent (10%) of the electors of the county or any designated area of the county may establish by ordinance a system to provide emergency medical services to the residents of the county or the designated area.
(b) (1) When a quorum court proposes to enact an ordinance to provide emergency medical services, whether on its own motion or upon petition of electors, it shall set a date for a public hearing on the question and shall cause notice of the time and place of the hearing to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county or in the area proposed to be served.
(2) All interested parties residing in the county or in the designated area shall have an opportunity to appear and be heard either for or against the establishment of the system.
(3) At the next meeting of the quorum court after the hearing, the quorum court may adopt an ordinance establishing the emergency medical services system for the county or the designated area of the county or may refuse to act further on the matter.
Source: Arkansas Code Section 20-13-303
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