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).