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Council considers emergency medical services annexation plan

Submitted by on 1, October 20, 2010 – 5:00 amOne Comment

Alameda’s City Council is considering a plan to join Alameda County’s emergency medical services district and to levy fees the city is supposed to pay for trauma and other services.

Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant told council members at Tuesday’s meeting that it would take a minimum of six months for the city to be annexed into the district. Separately, she said the city would need to ask voters for their permission to levy a tax to pay the county’s emergency service charges.

Gallant said Tuesday that if the city were to move forward with the plan, the charge for homeowners would be $26 a year. In all, the city would need to collect around $850,000 a year to pay its EMS bill to the county.

The annexation process would move forward unless 25 percent of Alameda’s registered voters protest, an action that would trigger a vote on the matter. If half of Alameda’s voters protest, the commission that oversees the annexation process would deny the city’s request.

Alameda is the only city in the county without an EMS agreement.

County officials sent the city a letter in September saying that if Alameda didn’t sign a contract with the county by January, the county would strip the city’s fire department of its exclusive right to provide ambulance service in Alameda.

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  • Jon Spangler says:

    The City of Alameda is now $2.4 million in arrears with Alameda County on its EMS agreement after one subtracts the $850,000 current year’s contribution from the roughly $3.2 million total amount that we owe the county.

    The ICM told the council last night that the county is willing to take the City of Alameda’s state allocation of $40,000 per year as annual payment to retire the $2.4 million debt. THat calculated out to a 60-year payback program, which astounds me.
    No wonder Alameda County is broke…

    The other – and very big – piece of the discussion that was missing from the documents and the discussion last night was any reference to the fate of our current
    ambulance service under this new agreement with the county. It was never made clear
    what – if any – changes might be necessitated to the union contract or fire department staffing levels might be. I would have appreciated hearing these points addressed when the City Council and staff are discussing the county EMS program.

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