WEISER -- Voters across the state took to the polls Tuesday to vote on levies, mostly to supplement education budgets.
The levy in Weiser and Washington County was not about education, but instead, it was about funding the ambulance district to keep services at the current level.
Like many people across the state, the vote here was to not increase taxes, even though it could mean a drop in services that some say could be the difference between life and death.
We're just kind of, 'Okay, what we now going to do?' is where we're at, said Jerry Sullivan, with the Weiser Ambulance System.
She says the funding for this levy would have gone towards paying for Advanced Life Support, also known as ALS.
We can actually start doing some things that they're going to do in the ER before they get to the ER, so for a trauma patient that's quite helpful, said Sullivan.
For the past 18 months, this ambulance district, which covers a large part, but not all of Washington County, has enjoyed a property tax levy that is on average $20 less than before.
This levy would have brought property taxes back up to that level.
County Commissioner Mike Hopkins says this is the second time that this levy has failed.
As for what's next ...
We still have some decisions to make on that one, to try and find a way to make sure that we get funded for it, to make sure that it works, because we do have to have paramedics that are medics, that are on the ground, rather than just basic life support medics, said Hopkins.
An ambulance that provides basic life support cannot provide any medication and can't start IVs in what is referred to as the golden hour.
Irene Winters, manager of the Weiser Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, knows the importance of an ambulance that can provide advanced, rather than basic, life support.
The paramedic that responds to the trauma, as soon as they get there, they start the life saving measures that need to be started immediately after the trauma occurs, said Winters.
And with the summer season ramping up, this ambulance service is only going to get busier.
Hopkins says that he will work with the hospital to figure out the next step that could include dropping it to that basic service, or raise taxes on the entire county in order to keep this service available.