Counties throughout northern Iowa are having to address the issues surrounding the improvement of staffing of emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The Worth County Board of Supervisors have appointed an advisory committee to go over possible solutions and recommend them to the supervisors.
Worth County Supervisor A. J. Stone stated that the committee reviewed every possibility to try and compensate essentially volunteer workers who fill those positions. In the end, the committee made a recommendation to the board, and it included a new levy on Worth County property owners.
The board recently declared EMS services as an essential service which called for the formation of the advisory committee. That same committee will stay in place to advise and oversee the programs.
The issue will be placed on the November ballot for Wroth County residents to decide if they want to pay additional monies at .75 per $1,000 of assessed evaluation on their property.