Consolidated EMS between Davis, Dakota, and Rock City Fire Districts

Ambulance Referendum Tuesday November 8, 2022 VOTE YES

Dakota, Davis, and Rock City Fire Protection Districts
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WHY DO WE NEED A REFERENDUM NOW?

The need for live-saving ambulance services in our Districts rose 39% in the last year. At the same time, fuel and operating costs have increased. Illinois’ new $15 per hour minimum wage law and the need to meet competitive wages for paramedics and EMTs, which allows us to retain experienced first-responders, has grown our payroll costs from $290,000 to $500,000 since the last referendum in 2008.

With other volunteer ambulance services closing their doors or having staff shortages, mutual aid calls have increased. Being only one of three full time ambulance services in Stephenson County Tri-District has added a second ambulance to meet the needs of increased calls.   It’s critical that the Tri-District continues to be able to meet the health and safety needs of the residents in our Districts.

WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO CURTAIL THE COSTS OF OPERATION?

  • Reviewed billing costs and adjusted rates to align with other districts in the area.
  •  Changed billing companies to reduce costs and increase collections.
  •   Switched from contracting of services to hiring and managing our own staff.
  •  Evaluated all operating costs to see what changes could be made to reduce spending.

WHAT IF THE REFERENDUM DOES NOT PASS?

WHAT WILL THIS COST YOU AS A TAXPAYER?

For a home valued at $100,000, it is estimated that taxes would increase by $33.00 per year. Use our tax calculator to calculate your estimated tax increase by  clicking here to download tax calculator or scan the QR code with your mobile device. For more information or questions click here to submit a request .

 

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Note: The ballot language can be misleading. This tax will replace the current .30% tax. By law, the District cannot increase the tax by no more than .40%.