City of Sturgis holding rural ambulance service vote
Sturgis, S.D. — Voters in Sturgis will decide whether or not to form a rural ambulance service.
While voting will still take place Monday March 23rd, the polling location has been moved from the Sturgis Community Center to the Meade County Auditor’s election room.
Absentee voting is also available and will end Friday March 20th. Although the city’s general fund has provided the ambulance service approximately $100k per year, additional funding will be necessary or cost cutting measures will have to be taken, which could negatively impact those in need.
Ross Lamphere of the Rural Sturgis Ambulance Group said,
“The amazing thing is ambulance service throughout South Dakota, and I think perhaps the whole nation is suffering from the same problems that we are right here, and this is a permanent solution for all of us to contribute to continue those ambulance services.”
The costs of running ambulance services is very high, making it difficult for services to continue at full capacity in Meade County.
If a rural ambulance district is passed, a board of directors will be elected to perform an assessment and develop a pay structure for homes and businesses, ensuring the ambulance service has the necessary funds to run.