EMS Levy passage important

Dear Gary,

In the upcoming general election you will find two levy requests of 25 cents per thousand from the Rural Emergency Medical Service and the City of Oroville Emergency Medical Service. These are the two agencies responsible for providing ambulance service to the Oroville area.

These are not new taxes but a continuation, at the same rate, of the levy which is expiring after six years. This is the lowest rate per thousand of any EMS district in Okanogan County.

This levy is necessary to make up the difference between the receipts and the expenses each year and to buy a new ambulance every five or six years. Rural EMS covers everything in the Oroville School district outside of the city limits of Oroville. Inside the city limits is covered by the Oroville EMS District. It is important to pass these levies to maintain our level of service and keep our equipment current.

Monte Drummond

Rural EMS Director