Does the City's income tax revenue support Fire and EMS services?

The City’s Income Tax revenue provides approximately $6 million annually into the Police and Fire (including dispatch, EMS) Fund. The Police and Fire fund has about $12 million in operational expenses annually to maintain police and fire operations at current levels. (This excludes fleet and capital purchases.) The difference is made up through a transfer from the General Fund, EMS Billing revenue, Contractual Services, Grants, and other miscellaneous revenues, which helps to maintain Police and Fire services as required by law.

The City is not required to provide Ambulance or EMS Services but chooses to offer these services to residents. Residents who utilize the service are expected to pay for the services they receive (similar to an Emergency Room Visit).

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1. Do Xenia residents pay the highest income tax rates in the State of Ohio and, therefore, should not have to pay for services they are already being taxed for?
2. Will I be charged EMS transport charges between $519 to $1,038 depending on services plus $12.98 per mile?
3. Was the purpose of the 2010 income tax increase to prevent charging residents service fees?
4. Does the City's income tax revenue support Fire and EMS services?
5. Is the City addressing facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, that are abusing the system to try and correct the problem?
6. Does the City collect fees from people who are abusing the system who are on Medicaid?
7. Will the City start charging for fire calls?