Cherokees pay to keep ambulance running

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WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) – The mayor of West Siloam Springs said Cherokee Nation Enterprises is paying to keep an ambulance service running in the northeastern Oklahoma town.

Mayor Elaine Carr said the tribe’s gaming operation and the Cherokee Casino will pay $16,833 a month to keep ambulances from Siloam Springs, Ark., serving the town and southern Delaware County.

The contract was signed Dec. 31 hours before a prior contract would have expired and prohibited the ambulances from crossing the state line into Oklahoma.

Carr says a 1-cent sales tax proposal will be voted on in April and if passed it should generate about $75,000 a year for emergency services.

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