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St. Charles County Ambulance District looking to voters for more funding

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St. Charles County residents will soon be voting on the future of the ambulance district.

Prop Ambulance is on the August 7 ballot and calls for a $70 million bond to help the district move into the future.

With the rapid growth in St. Charles County, SCCAD says they need to the funds to continue offering the same service.

“Right now target time is 8:59 for pretty much anywhere in the county. That number changes per day, but that’s the average,” said Assistant Chief Kelly Cope.

Cope says the concern is with the continued growth of the housing population but also the increase in an aging population, that the district can’t meet the needs of the county.

The bond issue will only fund capital needs. That means new equipment, new trucks and new stations.

If approved, in the first year they plan to rebuild or replace Station 3 off Old Mill Parkway in St. Peters and Station 8 which serve the Harvester area. The older stations can’t fit the newer ambulances.

Over the years of the bond, they also plan to add stations to growing areas like Wentzville near the location of Hepperman Rd and Highway N.

But some residents question the need for more taxes. Voters approved a similar bond issue in 2002, which is set to expire, and a tax levy increase in 2014.

“It just requires a change over time if you want to continue with the high-level service of today and we need to be able to provide that service and that takes more money as we go into the future,” said Cope.

Currently, the district responds to 40,000 calls a year. They expect that number to jump to 67,000 in less than 10 years based on the growth across the county.

A homeowner with an average home costing $215,000 would pay around $20 more a year with this new bond. 

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