Meade County Commission moves to July further discussion of proposed boundary change to rural ambulance district

News StaffJune 16, 2022Local
Meade County Commission moves to July further discussion of proposed boundary change to rural ambulance district.

STURGIS — The Meade County Commission has decided to continue a public hearing to change the boundaries of the Meade County Rural Ambulance Tax District to their July meeting.

The decision comes after a question as to whether or not the group must schedule a special election to approve the change, or if the election can be held in conjunction with November’s general election.

Mark Bruch, chairman of the Meade County Rural Ambulance Tax District, said the ambulance service was asking for the boundary change to add a portion of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground that initially opted out when the district was formed.

At the time, it was uncertain if Buffalo Chip would be deemed a town. Since that time, the South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that Buffalo Chip is not a municipality.

Meade County Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Ken Chleborad told the board that in order to change the boundaries, the district must hold an election to query the voters on the matter.

The commission will take up the issue at its July 12th meeting.