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By Andi Bourne

Northern Powell County questions Ambulance levy


September 26, 2019

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

Ovando's Leigh Ann Valiton facilitated a community meeting discussing the Powell County ambulance levy at Ovando School Sept. 16. The panel included Powell County Commissioners Ralph Mannix, Jr., Dan Sager and Doug Crachy, House District 80 Representative Becky Beard and Deer Lodge Medical Center CEO Tony Pfaff. Powell County Attorney Kathryn McEnery also joined the panel later in the meeting.

OVANDO – More than 50 people attended a citizen-initiated meeting at the Ovando School Sept. 16 to discuss the Powell County Ambulance Service levy that the voters approved last November. Ovando and Helmville residents expressed their concern that they would be paying taxes for a service they do not receive. While Powell County Commissioners and the Deer Lodge Medical Center CEO addressed some concerns, many questions were left unanswered. Another meeting is scheduled Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Helmville Community Hall.

The Powell County Ambulance Service is a privately owned, volunteer am...

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