South Dakota city seeks to recoup county ambulance costs

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) A push for fire and ambulance tax districts to serve a city and county in western South Dakota didn't gather enough support to put the issue on the April ballot.

Sturgis sought tax districts as a solution to recover costs for providing fire and ambulance services to surrounding Meade County areas outside of city limits.

City Manager Daniel Ainslie tells the Black Hills Pioneer they're considering next steps and that it's likely Sturgis will provide an invoice of charges to the county.

In 2013, the two entities signed an agreement saying Sturgis will serve as a contractor for the ambulance service, and that the city and county will split operating expenses.

Ainslie says the Sturgis Ambulance Service is losing about $82,000 a year and that the fund is operating at a loss of about $640,000, as of November.

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