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Eagle County ambulance districts oppose ballot measures

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Boards of directors for both the Eagle County Ambulance District and Western Eagle County Ambulance District have signed resolutions in opposition to Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 in the Nov. 2 election, asking voters to vote “no” on all three measures.

“We have consulted with WECAD and we both came to the same conclusion: if these measures pass, we will have to cut services and programs that we currently offer to the community. That includes a reduction in basic service,” said Fred Morrison, general manager of ECAD.

Amendment 60 seeks to cut property tax revenue. Amendment 61 would limit the districts’ ability to borrow capital and requires that bonds be paid off within 10 years. Proposition 101 would reduce district revenues from vehicle taxes by 80 percent, district officials said.

“These measures would threaten our financial stability and force us to cut service, which is of great concern to us,” said Chris Montera, Chief of WECAD, adding that longer response times will be the norm if the amendments pass.

“If Amendment 61 had been in place, there would not be a station in Traer Creek,” Morrison said. “That project would not have been possible, and that would be a detriment to our community. And it’s not just buildings. We need to keep our equipment up to date with medical advances. If 61 passes, we won’t be able to do that.”

In addition to ambulance service, the passage of these ballot measures would also reduce or eliminate other health programs such as senior services and CPR education, officials said.

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