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Fire Cost Recovery Fees

Fire Cost Recovery Fees

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REPORT TO COUNCILCity of Sacramento
915 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-2604
www.CityofSacramento.org
 
Consent Report
November 9, 2010
Honorable Mayor andMembers of the City Council
Title: Pass for Publication: Ordinance: Adding City Code Chapter 8.128 Relating to
Fire Cost Recovery
Location/Council District:
Citywide
Recommendation:
1) Review an
Ordinance
adding City Code Chapter 8.128 Relating toFire Cost Recovery; and 2) pass for publication the Ordinance title as required bySacramento City Charter section 32(c), to be adopted on November 16, 2010
Contact:
loyd Ogan, Operations Deputy Chief, Fire Department, (916) 808-1300
Mark Prestwich, Special Projects Manager, City Manager's Office,
(916) 808-5380
Presenter:
Not applicable
Department:
Fire Department
Division: Not applicable
Organization No:
11000
Description/Analysis
Issue:
Sacramento's Fire Department provides services for motor vehicle
accidents, vehicle fires, and structure fires, among other services. A growing
number of fire districts and cities, including Roseville, Stockton, San Francisco andOakland, have adopted ordinances authorizing the recovery of costs of providingemergency response services to "at-fault" drivers involved in motor vehicle
accidents. All persons operating motor vehicles in the State of California are
required to maintain sufficient liability insurance coverage, which pays expensesrelated to accidents when the insured is at fault. The adoption of City Code Chapter8.128 will allow the City of Sacramento to recover a portion of the cost of providing
these services. The ordinance has been revised to apply to "at-fault" drivers
regardless of residency.
Policy Considerations:
Like most cities, the City already charges fees for someservices provided by the Fire Department (e.g., Advanced Life Support ambulance,hazardous materials calls, high risk rescues, etc.) to recover costs associated with
the delivery of service. While the ordinance has been drafted broadly to apply to avariety of emergency incidents, the accompanying fee resolution limits cost
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recovery strictly to motor vehicle accidents and vehicle fires attributable to "at-fault"
drivers. The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District is also considering
implementing a similar program and recently concluded a Request for Proposal(RFP) process seeking a third party vendor to process the anticipated volume of
claims.
Environmental Considerations:
The recommendation does not constitute a"project" and therefore is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act(CEQA) according to Sections 15061(b)(3) and 15378(b)(2) of the CEQA
Guidelines.
Commission/Committee Action:
The proposed ordinance was reviewed by the
Law and Legislation Committee on July 20, 2010. The Committee directed staff toforward the proposed Ordinance to Council for consideration and requested staff
provide additional detail related to the proposed dispute resolution process and
ability to audit the program.
Sustainability Considerations:
Not applicable
Rationale for Recommendation:
The purpose of this ordinance is to recovercosts for emergency response services provided to "at-fault" drivers.
Financial Considerations:
The City estimates annual recovery of $1.1 million in GeneralFund costs associated with emergency response services provided to "at-fault" drivers
involved in motor vehicle accidents. This figure is based on analysis of the City's accident
data and interviews with firms providing fire cost recovery billing services.
Emerging Small Business Development (ESBD):
Not applicable
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Reviewed By:
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Ray Jones, Fire ChiefGus Vina, City Manager
Respectfully Submitted by:J 71
Lloyd Ogan, Operations Deputy ChiefRecommendation Approved:
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