By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

To tax or not to tax?

EMS tax levy would generate money for ambulance services


April 13, 2023


Members of Hartley's ambulance team check out their new rig in January of 2020. If adopted by voters, a countywide EMS levy would help finance a variety of ambulance-related expenses.

O'Brien County's emergency management director is hoping a special countywide property tax levy could bolster ambulance services in local communities.

Jared Johnson last month floated the proposal in front of the board of supervisors, who took no action on the matter. If adopted in the future, an EMS levy would not exceed 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation on all taxable property in O'Brien County while creating a trust fund to help pay for emergency medical services.

Johnson explained the money could help pay volunteer EMTs more money for their time, in turn attracting additional ca...

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