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Newfound "friends" of the Delta County Ambulance District are organizing support for a mill levy question in November.

Linda Lowitz, a former DCAD board member, is the organizer of "Friends of the Delta County Ambulance."

She explains, " At the April 28 monthly meeting of the Delta County Ambulance District, the board members passed a resolution that begins the process for placing a property tax increase on the November 2016 ballot. The ballot question will ask the district's voters for a 3.25 mill increase.

"At the district's inception in 1998 the initial taxing level was 2.5 mills with an average tax of $24 for a home in Cedaredge and $17 for a home in Delta. The requested new mill level is 5.75."

Lowitz, who has maintained a strong relationship with the ambulance board, said the mill levy increase is essential to the continued financial security of EMS service.

"The increase will allow the district's residents and area visitors to continue to receive the excellent level of care currently provided, plus meet the financial challenges the new health care regulations have placed on revenues by the decline in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The estimate is 70 percent of the ambulance's patients receive Medicare/Medicaid health benefits."

Lowitz welcomes questions from residents of the district, which encompasses Delta, Cedaredge, Surface Creek and the surrounding areas. She can be contacted at 856-4566 or jllowitz2@gmail.com.

For updates, see The Friends of the Delta County Ambulance District Facebook page at www.facebook.com/friendsofthedeltacountyambulancedistrict.

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