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JUAB TO HOLD HEARING ON SERVICE DISTRICT

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Juab County commissioners will hold a public hearing to determine whether a special service district should be created to govern emergency medical technicians and county fire protection services.

The meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Juab County Commission chambers.The county now has two special service districts, said County Attorney Don Eyre Jr. One is a vehicle for accepting state road monies. The other is narrow in borders - encompassing just part of one block - and is designed to manage the affairs of the old county building being remodeled to be a community center and museum.

As with all special service districts, the county may not raise taxes to pay for the costs of such a district without first placing the issue on the ballot for voters.

The district is being proposed so different organizations can be coordinated. A board would be formed to oversee the operation of the groups. The county now has two emergency medical technician organizations - East Juab County Ambulance and West Juab County Ambulance.

The district cannot be formed without a public hearing and citizen approval. If 50 percent of the property owners within a district object, the special service district cannot be formed, said Eyre.

When a special services district was proposed to manage recreation in the county, it was soundly defeated with the county's large property owners such as Ash Grove Cement, Intermountain Power Project and Utah Power & Light Co.

"It may happen again," said Eyre. "The property owners may not want a special services district formed for fire protection and EMT service."