A design proposal for three EMS stations in West Jackson, Commerce and Plainview was met with some questions at Monday night’s Jackson County Board of Commissioners meeting.
Commissioner Dwain Smith questioned the additional costs in the latest proposal, an estimated $50,000 additional per EMS station.
The design proposal will be on the agenda for a vote when the BOC meets at 6 p.m. Monday at the courthouse.
At a work session this week, the BOC held a lengthy discussion on the proposed design. The project will be funded with special purpose location option sales tax approved in 2005 and 2010. Some $1.2 million in SPLOST revenue was allocated for the EMS stations. The cost of the three stations, including the site work, would be an estimated $2.7 million.
“We can’t afford $501,000 for one station,” Smith said. “We are having to pinch pennies so we don’t go up on the millage rate.”
There was also some discussion on the site of future EMS stations. Commissioner Bruce Yates said the western side of the county has more people. BOC chairman Hunter Bicknell added that future growth will be in that area of the county.
“When we come out of the economic slump, this is an area that will be growing rapidly,” Bicknell said.
For the full story, see the Sept. 14 issue of The Jackson Herald.
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