City returns fee revenue to Fire Dept.
By Kitty Conley email@example.com June 11, 2013 11:56AM
Updated: June 11, 2013 1:13PM
CROWN POINT — In 2006 the city began dividing revenue generated by the Fire-Rescue Department’s billing for answering calls between the general fund and department’s capital fund.
Eighty-five percent of the fee revenue went to the general fund and 15 percent to the capital fund, in which money can accumulate year-to-year.
Earlier in this budget cycle the city suspended that action and allocated all the revenue to the general fund, because of concern over the city budget.
Last week the council passed a resolution returning 15 percent of future funds to the non-reverting fire department fund.
Chief Greg DeLor said the department generates $1 million in revenue each year.
Since the city’s budget was approved in total by the review board in Indianapolis, it is now able to release that percentage to the fire department.
“That money has been collected since 2006 and has allowed the department to purchase two chief’s cars, three ambulances and one heavy rescue truck, and lots of gear, without spending taxpayers’ dollars,” DeLor said.