WRIGHT CO., Iowa- Home owners in Wright County could soon be paying more in property taxes.
According to those with the county, residents are going to be asked to head to the polls to vote on a tax increase of nearly 70 cents per $1000 property valuation. That means if your house costs $100 thousand you would pay about $70 more each year.
That extra money would be used to pay for EMS essential services. Theresa Trager of Belmond says that while it is cheaper to live in the rural community, taxes on her home keep going up. While she says being on a fixed income does make it hard to come up with the extra income, ambulance services are a priority.
“What do you do?” she questioned. “I am fortunate enough to have a child here I town if I need something, but there are several people here that don’t. Sometimes people aren’t available so you need someone if you fall.”
County officials estimate the cost of the services are rising. In 2016 they say their ambulance serve lost nearly $500 thousand. Residents will be asked to head to the polls August seventh.