Fee increase proposed to fix Hoquiam Ambulance Fund deficit

The is working to correct a budget shortfall in their Ambulance Fund, and multiple options were presented on Monday to correct the deficit.

At their meeting on Monday, 2 separate options were presented to the City Council.

The Ambulance Fund is currently sitting at $232,000 below budget.

One option to correct the current deficit was a temporary interfund loan between the Equipment Rental Reserve Fund and the Ambulance Fund of $450,000. This loan would accrue interest, although the amount is equal to interest gained on the money currently.

The other option presented on Monday was an ordinance that would increase the monthly ambulance utility service fee for residents.

Currently, Hoquiam residents are paying a fee of $11.83 per month as a base rate. The proposal would increase that fee to $20.22 per utility customer.

Councilman Greg Grun spoke out against the change, saying that residents are paying enough.

Mayor Dickhoff told the council that the hope is that with the change it would alleviate issues in the future.

After discussion, that increase was moved onto the next meeting agenda to allow residents and the council time to learn about the proposed change.

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