VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Knox County and the City of Vincennes are looking to bolster its EMS services by potentially implementing a local public safety tax.
This action comes after Knox County EMS voiced its concerns over funds and its desire to be subsidized.
Knox County Commissioner Kellie Streeter spearheaded the effort to implement the tax. She said the county is already working with a tight budget and that this could be the only way to help strengthen EMS in the county.
“This is really the only way the state gives us the option to pay for certain services,” Streeter explained. “I want to make sure public safety is funded and funded appropriately and that we have a service that we can depend on.”
City of Vincennes Councilman Brian Grove said that implementing some type of safety tax has been discussed previously but no real action came to fruition.
Although Grove expressed his desire to see EMS get a boost, he said that government officials could be moving too fast.
“It is definitely the biggest issue that we have is the timeline,” Grove stated. “I’ve been on city council for about six years and we have talked about it briefly.”
Despite some concern, conversations between county and city officials continue to move forward as Streeter said that more specific details about the possible tax will be discussed at the next Knox County Council meeting.
“The County Council will take up public hearings as well as a public meeting and we’ll dig a little bit further down into what those numbers are what it’ll generate,” Streeter said.