In recent years, the Ambulance District’s call volume growth has increased notably – Paramedics currently respond to approximately 40,000 calls per year in our community. Looking into the future, we anticipate that by 2028, our call volume will be above 65,000 annually. To maintain short response times to 911 emergencies amid this growth, the District is asking voters to consider Proposition Ambulance on August 7 – a $70 million general obligation bond issue that would enable SCCAD to further develop its infrastructure. If approved, we would purchase land for future station locations, construct said stations, add ambulances, and purchase lifesaving medical equipment. In addition to adding these items as needed based on call volume, the proposition would allow for construction of a central facility to house administration, training, service center and other areas of the operation that are now in separate facilities.
Because the projects would be undertaken over a 10-year period, the District would issue bonds as-needed rather than in one lump sum. Taking this approach would enable us to keep our debt service levy at or under five cents per $100 of assessed valuation. For the owner of the average home in St. Charles County ($215,000), this translates to $20.43 annually.
For general information, including proposed station locations, please refer to the current edition of Pulse Points. More detailed financial data can be found in our 10-Year Capital Improvement Plan, which breaks down the cost of each construction project, vehicle, etc. Detailed year-by-year project lists can also be found in this document. The Official Resolution adopted by the Board of Directors contains official ballot language and other information that may be helpful to voters.