A draft report outlined Tuesday night shows Moses Lake will need to rethink its “business model” for its ambulance service.
Representatives with Redmond-based FCS Group consulting firm presented findings of their Ambulance Utility Cost of Service and Rate Study at Tuesday’s city council meeting. The city contracted with the firm back in January at the request of council.
According to the report, the ambulance service cost the city about $3.76 million to operate in 2016. The city recovered just 45 percent of that cost through the ambulance utility fee, transport fees and miscellaneous fees. The remaining $1.71 million was covered with contributions from the city’s general fund, which also included a $300,000 inter-fund loan.