Izard County Judge Eddie Cooper announced at the Nov. 6 quorum court meeting that he and the justices had some good news -- Baxter Regional Medical Center will be providing emergency medical ambulance services to Izard County residents. Cooper said this was an issue "as big as the jail" and thanked the EMS board and Baxter Regional Medical Center for their hard work.Cooper and Willene Bray, president of Emergency Medical Services Board in Mount Pleasant, signed an agreement with the medical center at the meeting. The agreement, also signed by Stephen M. Erixon, CEO of BRMC, spells out the responsibilities of the county and the medical center, cooperative responsibilities, independent contractors, term and termination and miscellaneous provisions. The county will collect $15 from each household for emergency runs, retroactive back to Jan. 1. A copy of the contract and the attorney general's opinion is on file in the clerk's office for the public to look at if they so choose. Bray said at the meeting the balance in the EMS fund is $154,121.44. She said there are 11 fire departments in Izard County and all are first responders that want to help in a medical emergency, but they need equipment. Bray recommended the justices approve the purchase of AEDs (Automatic External Defibrilator) for all Izard County fire departments at a cost of $36,000. A member of the ambulance service present at the meeting said the use of AEDs is widespread and will be seen in airports, shopping malls and other places. He said it's already proven its worth and the paramedics support it whole-heartedly. In other business, justices approved Resolution 2001-5, which authorizes the county judge and county clerk to enter into a contract with Arkansas Conversion Center in Benton for $29,399.10 to install a chair lift in the courthouse. The chair lift will make the courthouse courthouse handicap-accessible and was obtained through a 100-percent grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. It should take four to five weeks to install. County residents are also getting two illegal dump sites cleaned up, thanks to an $18,850 grant obtained from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. The sites are on Lafferty Road and County Road 11.An ordinance to levy the school taxes, county taxes and municipal taxes is presented to justices for approval every November, and this year was no exception. Ordinance 2001-10 includes the following schedules of taxes levied to be collected the calendar year 2002: Voted by the various school districts in Izard County and rolled back as provided by Amendement 59 to the state constitution -- real estate: District 1, 30.47 mills; District 20, 30.35 mills; District 50, 38.5 mills; District 51, 27.3 mills; District 24, 28.9 mills; District 42, 28.4 mills. Personal property: same rates as real estate. The following municipalities have requested the following tax rates -- real estate: Franklin General, 1.1 mills; Horseshoe Bend General, 5.0 mills; Melbourne General, 2.6 mills; Calico Rock General, 3.3 mills; Pineville General, 5.0 mills; Mount Pleasant General, 5.0 mills; Guion General, 5.0 mills; Oxford General, 5.0 mills. Personal property: same rates as real estate. The following is schedule of tax rates for county general purposes, county road purposes, county library purposes and county health services purposes: county general, 2.9 mills; county road, 2.8 mills; county library, 1.0 mills. Personal property: same rates as real estate.