Council considers emergency medical services annexation plan
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.