Town hall scheduled about Crestwood’s Prop 1


Crestwood is hosting a town hall Tuesday to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the quarter-cent sales tax increase, Proposition 1, that will appear on the April 5 ballot.

The town hall is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at Crestwood City Hall, 1 Detjen Way. Prop 1 is set to be featured on the April 5 election ballot and will introduce a quarter-cent sales tax increase to increase the city’s sales tax from .25 percent to .5 percent.

If passed, the revenue would cover the addition of five new employees and the purchase of an ambulance in the fire department. This would also allow the department to continue using the rescue truck. Voters approved the first 25-cent sales tax for the Crestwood Fire Department in 2003.

If the sales tax increase were approved, the department would hire the new personnel in the “third quarter” of this year and buy an ambulance to be used by Jan. 1, 2023.

The decision to add an ambulance service to the city has been in the making for years and has been exacerbated recently by poor response times by Abbott EMS, the city’s current ambulance service.