The Hancock County Board will put a referendum before voters in November to raise the ambulance service property tax rate.
Voters will decide whether to leave the rate at 10 cents per $100 assessed valuation or to increase it to 25 cents.
Board Chairman David Walker says the county needs more than the current $655,000 it pays to support the district
He says, “The way costs of providing the personnel and the machinery to provide a worthwhile ambulance service (are going) we're going to need more funding, because the funding we have is close to inadequate.”
Perry Cameron has tendered his resignation with the Hancock County Board. The board had given him a week to resign from his position as ambulance coordinator or be fired.
The board was unhappy with progress the district has made in solving a number of problems. These range from sloppy paperwork to crew members who are not keeping up with their required continuing education.
Hancock County's ambulance service has been operating under a “Plan of Corrections” since January to address the problems.