Presiding Commissioner RT Turner said the language for a quarter-cent sales tax was turned over to the Buchanan County Clerk's office Tuesday.
The tax, which includes a 10-year sunset clause, would generate between $2.7 million and $2.8 million to fund a county-run ambulance district.
The county would take over the service currently provided by Heartland Regional Medical Center. The hospital announced plans to discontinue service as of July 1, 2014.
Turner said the goal is to maintain the current personnel and quality of service.
He said it costs approximately $2.2 million to operate ambulance service yearly, but the county would likely have other costs in the first year of taking over.
He said the county would have the option to lower the sales tax, if approved, but raising it would not be an option.
The county would take over the REMSA (Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority) board currently in place for the Heartland-run service, then elect new members.
The ambulance committee plans to meet later this week to determine the next steps for the campaign.
If the measure does not pass, Turner said they will likely try again in April.