JPs send ambulance measure to voters
The Carroll County Quorum Court met in special session Tuesday and passed a series of measures related to a proposed ambulance service district for the eastern portion of the county.
First, justices of the peace voted to repeal the ordinance they adopted at the quorum court's regular meeting on Aug. 15 to create the district and levy a tax of 2.5 mills to finance its operation.
Then the JPs voted to approve a new ordinance that changed some of the language from the original ordinance on the advice of attorneys who are assisting the county with getting the ordinance on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. JPs suspended the rules and had the second and third readings and final vote at Tuesday's special meeting.
Finally, JPs approved a resolution calling for the ordinance to be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election. Although the resolution calls for a special election, it will coincide with the general election. That allows the county to save a significant expense.
Because the ordinance includes a property tax increase, it must be approved by voters in the proposed ambulance service district. If voters reject the ordinance, it will be rendered invalid.
Each vote at Tuesday's meeting was 9-0, with JPs Lamont Richie and Chuck Olson absent.