ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KSDK) – People in St. Charles County may be again be voting on a tax increase that they rejected earlier this year.
The St. Charles County Ambulance District covers all 585 square miles of the county – a county with a growing and aging population that the ambulance district says is demanding more ambulance service that it cannot currently meet.
"You can only spread resources so thin until holes show up," said Martin Limpert, the public information officer for the district. "We can no longer keep up with growth of the community."
So in April, the district plans to ask voters for a property tax increase of 11 cents on every $100 of property value – the same amount voters rejected this past April.
The district says a law suit over the language of the ballot is what cost them the last election. This time it hopes to make the case that voters will get more than a dozen more paramedics on the job, more ambulances on the street a Cottleville station reopened in exchange for the district's first tax increase in nearly 40 years.
"Hopefully for another 40 years they won't hear from us."