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Published March 08, 2010, 06:49 PM

Lakota Ambulance Service Asking For Help

The Lakota Ambulance crew is asking for a little help from Nelson County residents. A petition is asking for a Mill Levy to be implemented for the service during a June election. A move that would make them eligible for government grants.

The Lakota Ambulance crew is asking for a little help from Nelson County residents.

A petition is asking for a Mill Levy to be implemented for the service during a June election.

A move that would make them eligible for government grants.

This sound usually means help is one the way. But this time it's the Lakota ambulance crew that's asking for help. They're circulating a petition to get a question on the June election ballot asking to implement a Mill Levy for the Ambulance service.

Levi Reese: "At the current time we don't have a mill levy this would be a brand new district a max of 5-mills would be the limit."

Right now the service operates on donations. Becoming a district would make it eligible for local tax dollars and most importantly government grants. Residents don't seem to mind the idea.

David Matejcek: "It's getting harder to support it we need to come together and support them, they do a good job if they had more resources they'd do an even better job."

Kari Anderson: "I think it's important everyone here would support it."

The amount each resident will pay varies from year to year depending on the needs of the ambulance. It could be as low as 1 or as high as 5 mills. For example, 5-mills on a 100-thousand dollar house would be 22-dollars a year.

David Matejcek: "If someone had a lot of land it might be a different story, but I personally don't think it's a lot of money."

With a record 156 calls last year, and on pace to break that again, the service is banking on this working.

Levi Reese: "They can help buy an ambulance, training new equipment."

They need just over 300 signatures or 20-percent of voters from the last election to get a ballot in this June's election.

The service says the first need would be to buy another ambulance. At a cost of more than 130-thousand dollars it would be very difficult without the tax and government grants.

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