“It has done what we hoped it would do,” said Ross VanderHamm, city finance director. “There is still enough money in the fund right now. We may have to increase it a little if the rates increase.”
By the fiscal year 2016-2017, there may be only $6,000 left in the fund and that won't be enough to pay the bill.
“We will have gone six or seven years with no increase,” VanderHamm said.
The TotalCare program covers what insurance or Medicare doesn't pay on emergency ambulance runs only.
People have been upset when they called for an ambulance for a nonemergency run and found out the program does not pay.
“It doesn't happen often but when it does, it makes people mad,” VanderHamm said.
Residents who want to opt out or who want to sign up for the service should call 359-4541.
Those already enrolled don't need to do anything to continue service.