FIREMED FEES The City Council agreed to...

FIREMED FEES

The City Council agreed to make an annual adjustment to fees

charged by the city's ambulance program. The fees are tied to the

rates charged by the Orange County Emergency Medical Services Agency.

WHAT IT MEANS

The cost of basic ambulance transportation will go up $50, to

$581.50, while mileage costs will be adjusted a quarter to $13.25.

Oxygen services will move up $2.50 to $65.50, and whole medical

supplies will increase $2.25 to $25.75.

LABOR DEALS

The council approved two more labor contracts with management in

the fire and police departments. The new contracts will cover the two

groups until July 30, 2006.

WHAT IT MEANS

Under the new deal, both groups will receive two 4% raises, one

that goes into effect retroactively on the first of the year, and

another that takes place on Sept. 24. The city will increase the

money it pays to the police department's dental and life insurance

plans.

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