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Board votes to create EMS District, approves tax levies

The Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors voted 7-1 Tuesday evening at its regular August meeting to adopt the ordinance establishing a county-wide Emergency Medical Service (EMS) District, and the board also voted 7-1 to approve the following tax levies for that district: 1 cent for real estate and 10 cents for personal property.

Farmville 801 District Supervisor Pattie Cooper-Jones was the lone dissenting vote in both cases.

The votes followed public hearings in which members of county EMS agencies and residents spoke on the issues at hand.

The board meeting packet noted that “it is anticipated the EMS District levies will generate approximately $300,000 per year in revenue. Any amount realized from the levy must be kept separate from all other moneys of the county and shall only be used for the maintenance and operation of EMS services in the district.”

Additionally, the packet cited that after the levy is collected in December, the board will then establish the distribution of the funds to county EMS agencies.

For more on this story, see Friday’s edition of The Herald.