Town raises a quarter of a million dollars for emergency services


Villa Grove – A small Douglas County town has raised a quarter million dollars for its emergency services.


In Villa Grove city officials have been collecting one percent in sales tax since January 2010, to generate funds for the police and fire departments, as well as the town's ambulance service contract.


Of the two hundred thousand dollars raised over half is going straight to the general fund for those services. Voters like Joyce Hubbart supported the ordinance "It's a wonderful idea because we do need ambulance services in this town." "It's a good idea. We need 'em."


City officials tell our partners at the News-Gazette that some of the funds will go toward relocating the fire department, it's currently location will likely be home of a new water plant.

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