New Hampton, Iowa – Ambulance service in Chickasaw County has been extended until 2021 ending a near six-month long negotiation battle between the county, the cities and the provider.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday morning, but with hesitation approving a state of understanding with Jeremy McGrath’s Chickasaw Ambulance Service.
Chairmen Jacob Hackman says the county is limited on how to fund the service.
The first year will cost $165,000 and the second year will cost $195,000.
Half of the $165,000 will come from the local option sales tax, which is designed for the purpose of county betterment. The other half will come from taxes levied against rural property owners. The rural services basic funds are mostly designated for secondary roads.
Supervisors Steve Geerts, David Tilkes and Hackman all voiced concerns on putting the burden on rural property owners to pay the price tag.
This would pay for the first year, while the second year will be decided at budget time.
According to County Attorney Jennifer Schwickerath, the agreement signed to day is for uninterrupted service, while it allows McGrath and the Chickasaw County Ambulance Council to negotiate a long-term contract.
The deadline for services to expire was July 1.