On November 6, 2018 some Logan County voters will see a question for the creation of a new Emergency Medical District on the ballot.
The question concerns residents who live in the Luther, Coyle, Wellston, Perkins-Tyron, Mulhall-Orlando and Covington-Douglas school districts that lay within Logan County.
The proposal, if passed, will create an Emergency Medical Service District within those school distnct boundaries inside Logan County. That EMS district will establish a board with a minunum of five members, each appointed by the Board of County Commissioners of Logan County. The EMS Board will either provide ambulance services to the stated areas or contract with a provider for ambulance services.
Under state law, EMS districts are funded by 3 mils ad valorem tax. This means that 3 mils or $3.00 per $1000 of assessed taxable value will be assessed to property owners within the area. For a property valued at $100,000 ($11,000 assessed value), the property tax increase would be approximately $33.00 per year.
Logan County currently has three EMS districts: Guthrie School District, Crescent School District and Cashion School District. Property owners in these areas currently pay the 3 mils aimually for ambulance service.
The proposed new district area currently receives ambulance services through Guthrie Fire Department, EMSA or other providers. These services are provided without guarantee as there is no supplemental funding to guarantee their service. The new district would ensure citizens in the areas are consistently provided emergency services.