The City is pushing hard to get its own ambulance service to be operated through its Fire Rescue Department. To me, the most logical method to fund this project is to increase the millage rate for General Fund Revenue. This would cover the expenditures under the Spending Cap.
This would also give the taxpayers the control they need to ensure that City Council is being “fiscally responsible.” This oversight means that the City Council is abiding by the language in the City Charter (Section 1.04 expenditure limitation).
Ordinance 17-03, Section 3 establishes the current millage rate at 1.8976. ($1.8976 for every $1,000 of taxable property value). Hypothetically, if a higher rate was used above FY 2018 (meaning an increase in the millage rate) sufficient revenues should still be generated to cover the increases in the City’s operating expenses and fund the ambulance service.