Officials propose EMS service district

PRESIDIO – The creation of an Emergency Service District within the county was expected to be discussed by the Presidio City Council on Wednesday evening, according to the agenda, this meeting has been rescheduled for the following week, and will take place on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Presidio Activity Center.

Rod Ponton, the city’s attorney and the attorney for Presidio County, is expected to make the presentation.

EMS services cost the city about $100,000 a year, and officials are looking for ways to mitigate the cost.

One scenario is to create a county-wide special service district and levy a small tax.

Presidio County officials heard the presentation at their meeting in Presidio on Wednesday as well.

The council will also discuss the plan to pay a final installment of $48,000 to the Internal Revenue Service after the city had been found to owe $800,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest. The council will dissect and examine the past five years to see how this negligence occurred.

Another item on the agenda is to discuss the results of a forensic audit concerning the lack of oversight and missteps that may or may not have been taken by city staff for the past five years.