Editorials, Opinion

Vote on EMS levy in Nov.

This November, voters will see a levy to fund Mon EMS on the ballot, now that the Monongalia County Commission has given the proposal its approval.

As The Dominion Post reported, in its first year, the levy would add an additional 4.66 cents on every $100 of assessed value of Class II property (owner occupied) and 9.32 cents for every $100 of Class III/IV (rental). Those rates would increase to 4.70/9.40; 4.76/9.52; and 4.80/9.60 in years two, three and four. If passed, the levy would give Mon EMS an additional $17,888,598 over four years.

Emergency medical services are one of those things you hope you never need to use, but you’re glad to have it if you ever do. And paying for it is a lot less painful if everyone is chipping in to keep the service running and prepared.

EMS services across the nation are suffering from chronic underfunding and closing their doors; Star City recently lost its dedicated ambulance service because of financial constraints. That’s why we’re glad to see the EMS levy will be on the ballot this November. We hope voters will agree that access to emergency medical assistance is well worth the cost.