Voters pass ambulance tax, 2 school bonds in St. Charles County

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by Chris Stark / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 7:48 PM

 (KMOV) -- Despite low voter turnout, Prop E supporters were able to get a victory which means St. Charles County residents will see faster response time by ambulance services.

Last year, 13 EMTs lost their jobs and one of the ambulance stations on Weiss Road shut down after an identical tax increase failed. That station will reopen and EMTs will be hired. Also new equipment will be purchased. The tax increase will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $21 per year.

“We are really excited because it gives us a chance not only to replace everything that we’ve lost, but also be able to keep up with the growth of the county. Call volume continues to grow and cutting resources isn’t an option because of response time so we couldn’t be happier,” said Marty Limpert with the St. Charles County Ambulance District.

There were other big propositions on the ballot for City of St Charles voters.

Voters passed Prop L, a tax hike that will allow the St. Charles School District to pay for teacher salaries and other operational cost. The tax will cost an owner of a $100,000 home $66.50 per year.

Prop S also passed, allowing the St. Charles School District to borrow $7.5 million for various projects without a tax increase. The money will be used to install video surveillance, door monitoring and communication systems at schools. 

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