|EMS LEVY WINS – by 41 votes…Shouldn’t that save us millions on new jail taxation?
After a long count including certification day on November 29th the EMS levy to raise 43 Million over 6 years passed by 41 Votes. If you remember… the promise in voting yes was that both the city and the county budgets would not have to be used for EMS services. Only this new “dedicated” fund could be used.
Well the County government budget spends 1.4 Million dollars from current tax receipts. They will no longer have to supply to EMS services. The City of Bellingham budgets and spends from current tax receipts 1.1 Million dollars. They will no longer have to supply for EMS services. Check out this link for all the support the EMS currently gets(before passage of the new tax).
It seems responsible elected officials and administrators should consider, as their highest priority… using these funds; (NOW AVAILABLE) without raising taxes; to fund the a great majority of the New Jail. And collect the small amount remaining with a property tax that is the normal way to fund these projects.