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Meade County Commission-Ambulance Woes

Meade County Commission-Ambulance Woes

Meade County Commission to discuss funding plan with residents losing ambulance service


Gary Matthews - May 14, 2019

STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade County Commission on Tuesday heard from campground owners and residents who will be losing Sturgis-owned ambulance service in July.

Sturgis decided in April to give those people located just outside city limits 90 days to come up with a funding solution before the city would redraw its response area.

The move comes after the city had hoped to reach some sort of agreement with those landowners to help pay for the service that city residents do in their property taxes.

After failure to reach a solid agreement on a proposed fee structure from the city, those affected residents are now asking the commission for help.

On Tuesday, Commission Chairman Ted Seaman assigned Talbot Wieczorek and Rod Bradley to meet with citizen groups to come up with a funding plan. That could be an ambulance district or a yearly fee. Either way, the commission joins the city in seeking some sort of funding plan to continue emergency services.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says the city is open to the talks as well, and says they are willing to keep ambulance service rolling to those people with a bona fide proposal for a governing district or other permanent funding source.



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