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Olathe fire district seeks mill levy increase for ambulance services

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The Olathe Fire Protection District (OFPD) will head to the ballot this spring for additional dollars from property taxes to fund the ambulance division. The requested 3.0 mill levy increase from property taxes will enable the district to maintain current levels of service for the community's medical and fire-related needs. The district is hosting a public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., at the fire station in Olathe and the public is encouraged to attend.

"This is an important moment for the OFPD and the Olathe community," said Gary Shaver, OFPD board of directors. "The OFPD is made up of volunteers from our local community. These farmers, road workers, police, repair technicians, and Olathe community members from all walks of life are asking for your support to provide full funding for OFPD ambulance services."

The OFPD has been funding the ambulance program for three years with reserve funds, and additional funding is required to maintain this critical life-saving service. The current property tax amount funds 35 percent of the ambulance services, while the remaining dollars ($152,000 in 2015) come from billing for ambulance services and the OFPD's reserve dollars. With an increase of 60 percent in emergency medical calls since 2003, and limited revenue collection due to Medicare and Medicaid, the OFPD is asking the voters for their support. For more information, please call the district office at 323-6234.

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