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The Towns of Lewis and Elizabethtown are holding special elections to determine if the Towns should form an Emergency Services Taxing District. This election will be held Tuesday June 25th, 2024 from 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm at the respective Town Halls.

Due to the rising costs to provide services and the drop in volunteers it has become necessary to hire professionals to serve alongside volunteers in our community. Our diminished volunteerism is not an isolated situation as it is affecting many communities across not only Essex County but the State of New York and our Country.

Both towns have been exploring many options as has Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad (ELES) to solve this issue. It appears hiring staff to cover our community is the only option in order to ensure full coverage 24/7/365, the question becomes how we fund this

The consensus is to form a taxing district to help cover these costs. Elizabethtown and Lewis presently contract with the Elizabethtown/Lewis EMS Squad. Each town district will be independent of the other, similar to the current structure for contracting with us.

The district, if formed, would be governed by a Board of Commissioners that would oversee and approve the final emergency medical service budget.  The goal of each town is to maintain a contract with our agency.

After the formation of a tax district, the initial Board of Commissioners could be the Town Boards or appointed agents of each town. Each year a contract would be signed and the tax money from the taxing district would be allocated to the contract agency.

As no figures are exact and based on current town appraisals and an estimated 2025 ELES operating budget it appears that the first year, 2025, for Lewis the rate per thousand would be $.83 meaning a $100,000 home would pay $83 for emergency care. For Elizabethtown, the rate per thousand would be $.94 meaning a $100,000 home would pay $94 for emergency care.

Please come out and vote as this is a very important issue. If you have questions please contact your Town Hall!