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Rotterdam to hold EMS tax vote

REMS obtains revenue through a combination of fees and local tax revenue. According to the report presented Aug. 12, the total estimated income for REMS in 2010 will be approximately $425,536. The town will provide the remaining revenue for the service, which will be approximately $232,528. However, the cost is subject to negotiation and can be amended by the town as long as it is in accordance with the contract.

According to the 2009 Tax Roll Summary, the total assessed value of the property in the town is approximately $2.4 billion. Based on the annual cost of running REMS, a 10 cent per $1,000 rate would be established, meaning that the typical cost for a single family home of $165,000 would be $16.50 a year.

"No Rotterdam resident should be in a position where they can't get an ambulance to come to their house," said Suhrada. "I'm very hesitant to have any new tax, whether it's 16 dollars or 160 dollars, but I don't want us to lose ambulance coverage. There are plenty of other things that the county and schools spend money, and nobody complains about them, and they aren't life saving."

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