CHARLTON — A referendum on a new ambulance district in the town will be held on Nov. 6 when voters head to the polls for the general election, Charlton Supervisor Allan Grattidge said Friday.
“One of the issues facing small communities, both rural and suburban, is the lack of emergency medical services such as those found in urban areas,” Grattidge said.
The new ambulance district would be funded by 23 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value, according to the town.
“A $200,000 assessed home would cost $46.00,” Grattidge said.
The town is seeking a total budget of $78,500 for the emergency services.
Grattidge said earlier in the week that he was hoping for a large turnout for the vote, which would have budgetary implications for 2019.
He said the town sought to create the new tax because it couldn’t fulfill each ambulance corps’ budget request: $27,227 for Galway EMS and $35,530 for Ballston Lake EMS. The town currently pays $25,000 to Galway EMS and $30,000 to Ballston Lake EMS.
The Charlston Town Board met earlier in the summer with Galway EMS and Ballston Lake EMS, which both obtain funding through reimbursements from individuals and insurance companies, as well as fundraising and town contracts. The meeting allowed town board members to review in greater detail the budgets of both emergency medical services groups.
The Galway Town Board passed a resolution in August for the proposed ambulance district at 25 cents per thousand dollars of property value. That was before the Charlton Town Board adopted the proposed ambulance tax in its resolution.