MT. PLEASANT — The Henry County Board of Supervisors voted to table a decision on emergency medical services at its Thursday meeting.
The decision would have been the result of months of discussion on whether the county would be taking over the service from Henry County Health Center.
The hospital approached the board last fall to discuss possible ambulance service options for Henry County moving forward. HCHC informed the supervisors that the health care facility was losing money by continuing to operate EMS.
Following a work session on Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors learned a vote on a levy, which would provide the funds for the county to run EMS, could be included on the general election ballot in November. Initially, the board discussed potentially holding a special election in September to present the levy to voters, which would have required a decision on the issue this week in order to get election proceedings finished in time for a special election to occur. Prior to a discussion with an attorney during their work session, the supervisors were unsure as to whether the levy could be included on the general ballot due to changed election laws.
With the allowance for the levy to be presented during the general election, the supervisors now have until early August to decide how to move forward with EMS.
“We learned about the general election and that we would have more time. We’ll take the time to continue to explore all of our options,” supervisor Gary See said.
In response to a question, the board noted they are continuing to consider avenues to provide EMS outside of the county taking over the service from HCHC, which would include potentially going with a private ambulance company. The board also said a decision on whether the levy will be on the general election ballot is also still “up in the air.”