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Rural Meade residents seek solution to ambulance service

By Deb Holland Black Hills PioneerMay 18, 2019

STURGIS — It’s back to the drawing board to find a solution to providing ambulance service to about 4,000 rural Meade County residents.

About 60 people were on hand at the Tuesday meeting of the Meade County Commission hoping the county could somehow reinstate ambulance service.

The Sturgis Ambulance Service has served the area outside the Sturgis city limits and east into central Meade County for years. But on April 15, the Sturgis City Council voted to redraw the boundaries of its service response area leaving out the rural residents effective July 15.

Residents of the city of Sturgis are taxed for ambulance service, but those outside the city do not pay taxes specifically for ambulance.

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