City of Delafield - With little debate, the Common Council tonight uanimously agreed to contribute $78,480 to help Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR) make up its more than $250,000 short fall in their 2013 operating budget.
The LCFR made up the deficit by using some its cash reserves, borrowing $70,000 on a line of credit and postponing until 2014 the payment of some 2013 bills.
The governing board of the fire department is asking the three municipal owners of the department - villages of Chenqua and Nashotah and the City of Delafield - to contribute a total of about $100,000 to help restore the department's cash reserves.
Each community"s contribution of the additional funds is based on the size of the community's tax base, the population of the community, and the number of emergency calls. The Common Council approved the payment contigent upon the two villages each contributing about $11,000.
The deficit occured primarily because of unanticipated drops in revenue caused mostly by an increasing number of medicare and medicade patients using the department's ambulances and emergency medical services. Medicare and medicaid reimburse the department only about 25 to 35 percent of the total cost of an ambulance run which can be as high as $1,400, according to LCFR officials.
The deficit would have been higher except for major budget cuts implement during the last half of 2013. Non salary expenses in the department were reduced by over $100,000,