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9/26/2017 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 9/26/2017 3:22:06 PM CENTRAL
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Information for Neosho County Voters

Information for Neosho County Voters

    This November, Neosho County residents will vote on a retailers’ special purpose sales tax to fund ambulance services. The county commission approved placing a three-quarter of one percent (0.75%) county-wide retailers’ special purpose sales tax question on the election ballot in August.

    Currently, ambulance expenses exceed revenue collected. This shortfall is the gap between the amount billed and the amount received. Last year, the ambulance service received only a quarter of its contractual billing and ended 2016 losing approximately $1.3 million.

    Due to the reduction in healthcare reimbursement, the ambulance needs a new source of funding. A sales tax option would be supported by consumers in the county. Another option would be a property tax, which would only impact property owners.  

    It’s up to voters on how they would like to fund their ambulance.

Quick facts about the Neosho County ambulance service:

  • Has served 11,240 patients since 2012.
  • Has seen an 11% increase in five years.
  • Provides 28 jobs and operates 3 stations with 5 ambulances.
  • Has a professional staff, with a paramedic and an EMT or AEMT per ambulance.
  • NMRMC has managed the ambulance services for the entire county since 2012 and the northern portion of the service area for over 30 years.

Information about the ballot question:

  • The question asks voters if they would support a retailers’ special purpose sales tax, the proceeds of which shall be used only to assist the Neosho County ambulance service.
  • The sales tax would terminate in 10 years.
  • The sales tax impacts all purchasers in the county.

Other funding options:

  • Some counties fund ambulance services with a mill levy.
  • A mill levy only impacts property owners.
  • It is estimated that if a mill levy was used to support the ambulance, it could take up to 20 mills.

How you can help:

  1. Register to vote.
  2. Learn about the issue.
  3. Vote this November.