So Clark County commissioners are considering applying a flat fee to every parcel, which they can approve without going on the ballot under state law, he said.
Leaders decided against a property tax levy, Lohnes said, because other counties have had that type of funding initially approved by voters but then rejected when it came up for renewal.
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Logistics and the amount of the assessment is still to be determined, Lohnes said, but might be in the range of about $60 annually or about $5 per month.
One new Springfield resident, Anthony Kapek, is on the fence about the proposed plan.
“Inflation is going up. The price of everything is going up, paychecks aren’t going up,” Kapek said. “But I do agree if it does save lives quicker and faster, then that’s a good thing.”
Ron Kilgore, another Springfield resident, has arthritis and heart problems. He’s used the county’s emergency services.
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“I call them on occasion when something is going on far as my medical issues or whatever,” Kilgore said.
The current system is good, Kilgore said, and the response times have been good when he’s used it. He would like to have a say in the proposed fee to pay for a new dispatch center.
“We should be able to vote on the 9-1-1 situation, not them voting for us,” Kilgore said.
County commissioners also will hold public meetings later this month to discuss the proposed assessment.