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Coastal Voters Pass Two Measures Related to Emergency Services

Northern Sonoma and Mendocino counties weigh in on access to urgent medical care.

 

Coastal voters in northern Sonoma and southern Mendocino counties passed two measures related to emergency medical services in a special election on Tuesday.

Measure B asked voters in the Coast Life Support District to allow Redwood Coast Medical Services' emergency medical teams in a Gualala clinic to provide urgent medical care services at any time of the day.

The measure passed with a 693-58 vote, or 92.3 percent support, according to preliminary election results. It will amend 1997's Measure O tax, which provided for services "after hours."

Measure C, which passed with a 611-135 vote, or 81.9 percent support according to unofficial results, asked voters in the Coast Life Support District to repeal an existing $32 per-parcel annual tax and replace it with an annual $44 per parcel tax for the ambulance, life support and transportation services. It required two-thirds approval.

The Coast Life Support District was formed in 1986. It provides ambulance service to a 60-mile coastal stretch along state Highway 1.

— Bay City News

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