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Benton County Judge Eyes Voter Education On Ambulance Plans

Posted: September 3, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Judge Bob Clinard returned to work Tuesday, and he criticized the county's justices of the peace for not doing enough to promote rural ambulance funding plans.

At A Glance

Rural Ambulance Funding

Benton County has two plans to fund rural ambulance service on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. One plan would levy a 0.2-mill countywide property tax and will be voted on by all of the county’s registered voters. The millage is estimated to generate about $833,981 in annual revenue. The second plan would establish an emergency medical services district with a $40 annual fee on each household in the district. The district will include the unincorporated areas of the county except for the area now served by the Northeast Benton County Fire Department’s ambulance service. That plan will be voted on only by residents of the proposed district. The fee is expected to generate about $527,868 in annual revenue. If both plans are approved the county would collect the revenue from both sources. The county will pay about $942,000 this year to the seven cities that provide rural ambulance service. The cost is estimated to increase to about $1.1 million in 2015.

Source: Staff Report

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