A RESOLTUION ESTABLISHING AND IMPLEMENTING A PROGRAM TO CHARGE MITIGATION RATES FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF EMERGENCY AND NON-EMERGENCY SERVICES BY THE REFUGEE-CANYON JOINT FIRE DISTRICT FOR SERVICES PROVIDED/RENDERED BY THE REFUGEE-CANYON JOINT FIRE DISTRICT.
WHEREAS: The emergency and non-emergency services response activity to incidents continues to increase each year; Environmental Protection requirements involving equipment and training, and Homeland Security regulations involving equipment and training, create additional demands on all operational aspects of the fire department services; and
WHEREAS: The fire district has explored various methods to maintain a high level of emergency and non-emergency services throughout times of increased demand, where maintaining an effective response by the fire district reduces the costs of incidents to insurance carriers, businesses, and individuals through timely and effective mitigation of emergency situations, saving lives and reducing property and environmental damage; and
WHEREAS: Raising real property tax to meet the increase in service demands would not be appropriate when the responsible party(s) should be held accountable for their actions, especially considering motor-vehicle incidents; and
WHEREAS:the Board of Trustees of the Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District desires to implement a fair and equitable procedure by which to collect said mitigation rates and shall establish a billing system in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and guidelines;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District Board of Trustees:
SECTION 1: The Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District shall initiate mitigation rates for the delivery of emergency and non-emergency services by the fire department for personnel, supplies and equipment to the scene of emergency and non-emergency incidents as listed in “EXHIBIT A”. The mitigation rates shall be based on actual costs of the services and that which is usual, customary and reasonable (UCR) as shown in “EXHIBIT A”, which may include any services, personnel, supplies, and equipment and with baselines established by addendum to this document.
SECTION 2: A claim shall be filed to the responsible party(s) through their insurance carrier. In some circumstances, the responsible party(s) may be billed directly.
SECTION 3: The fire district board may make rules or regulations and from time to time may amend, revoke, or add rules and regulations, not consistent with this Section, as they may deem necessary or expedient in respect to billing for these mitigation rates or the collection thereof.
SECTION 4: It is found and determined that all formal actions of this fire district board concerning and relating to the adoption of this Resolution were adopted in open meetings of this Fire District Board, and that all deliberations of this Fire District Board and any of its committees that resulted in such formal actions were in accordance with all legal requirements, and the Resolutions of the Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District Board of Trustees.
SECTION 5: This Resolution shall take effect thirty days (30) from the date of adoption as permitted by law.
SECTION 6: The Mitigation Rates listed in “Exhibit A” will increase by 1.5% annually or based on the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, whichever is more. Rate adjustments will occur on the anniversary date of this ordinance/resolution to keep the fire district’s cost recovery program in conformity with increasing operating expenses.