AMBULANCE: Can put the hurt on your wallet
In a recent opinion piece, Boundary County Ambulance Chief Jeff Lindsey informed residents of the exorbitant costs to maintain the current level of service.
It appears Boundary Ambulance quietly transitioned from a volunteer service to a “business” after the taxing district was established by Commissioners in 2012. (TITLE 31 CHAPTER 39 SECTION 31-3908)
The amount cited in his letter is from taxes collected by the county. It does not include the amount billed and recovered.
A new ambulance facility is also being constructed.
All of this is done with the oversight of the County Board of Commissioners. (TITLE 31 CHAPTER 39 SECTION 31-3903)
The total levy rate an ambulance district can assess, is capped at 0.04 percent of the full value of assessed property in the district/county.
A recent bill was proposed in the Idaho legislature that would raise this cap to 0.06 percent.
Bottom line. ... Big city living costs lotsa money. Hold on to your wallet.