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.”
Ambulance crews in Hancock County are still suffering too many mistakes despite operating under a “Plan of Corrections” for months to address them.
The Blessing Hospital EMS Director says that must stop.
Dr. Kelly Cox oversees ambulance services in Hancock, Adams, Brown and Pike counties. He has considerable latitude under state law to remedy the situation. He can suspend the licenses of EMTs who are not doing the job well. He could even suspend the county-wide service. He could also suggest the Illinois Department of Public Health issue fines.