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Glacier County residents vote against two special EMS mill levies

Posted at 3:00 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 18:52:08-04

In August 2018, the then-Director of the Glacier County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Department, Amie Allison, resigned from the position she held for eight years after learning about budget cuts and the inability to pay off nearly $3 million in debt.

In 2019, Glacier County Commissioners proposed a special election for two resolutions.

But voters in Glacier County voted ‘against’ funding the two special EMS mill levies this month, according to the Glacier County Elections Administration Assistant Crystal Cole.

These two EMS mill levies on the ballot included a 5-year Ambulance Building Mill Levy and a 1-year EMS Operating Mill Levy.

The approximate $1.6 million Ambulance Building Mill Levy was voted 635 ‘for’ and 828 ‘against.’

The approximate $500,000 EMS Operating Mill Levy was voted 657 ‘for’ and 808 ‘against.’

There were 6,089 ballots issued and mailed out to voters. Out of the ballots issued, 1,473 ballots were returned.

Cole added that although 1,473 ballots were returned, some voters filled in both ‘for’ and ‘against’ bubbles, which makes the counting machine override these ballots. Some voters also filled in neither ‘for’ or ‘against,’ therefore those ballots were also rejected.

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Reporting by Kasey Herman for MTN News