Kennewick residents will be notified of a June 5 public hearing on a proposed ambulance rate increase in their utility bills, the Kennewick City Council learned Tuesday.
The proposal would allow the city to pay for the ambulance utility without using general fund revenue.
The city was getting close to spending $2 million from the general fund on ambulance services in a biennium, said Kennewick City Manager Marie Mosley.
That is money that otherwise could go to services such as police, fire, parks and streets, she said.
The proposal would increase the monthly ambulance charge to $5.50 from $3.24.
The transport rate for residents would go from $578.06 to $660, with no change to the $10 per mile fee, according to city documents.
Non-city residents pay 150 percent of the resident transport rate.
Kennewick and Richland are considering increasing their ambulance transport rate to the same amount.
The ambulance utility in Richland finished out 2011 about $318,000 in the red, said city of Richland Finance Manager Dan Underwood.
The city council could vote on the proposal June 5 after taking public testimony, Mosley said.