City Council passes EMS Transportation User Fee

At the January 4, 2011 Kirkland City Council meeting, the Council unanimously voted approve Ordinance No. 4287 (PDF), allowing the City to recover certain costs of providing emergency medical services transport. As one of many ways the City attempts to balance revenues with expenses, the EMS Transportation User Fee will shift some costs from the City to the user's medical insurance.

The following peer agencies have established medical transport fees with one or more years of experience:

King County:

  • City of Bothell
  • King County Fire District #43 (Maple Valley)
  • Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA)

Snohomish County:

  • City of Edmonds (Joined Snohomish County District #1 in January 2010)
  • City of Everett
  • Snohomish County Fire District #1 (South Snohomish county including Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace)
  • Snohomish County Fire District #7 (South East Snohomish County includingClearview, Mill Creek, and Brier)
  • City of Lynwood