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Emergency services in Lake Country may cost more

 City of Delafield - Three Lake Country communities may have to contribute a combined more than $225,000 to the operations of the Lake Country Fire and Rescue based on a preliminary budget proposed tonight by Fire Chief Jack Edwards.

The approximately $2 million 2015 budget suggests increasing from $950,000 to about $1, 175,000 the amount of  real estate taxes that the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah contribute to the department operations.

The remaining $834,750 in revenues is expected to come from ambulance patient fees and medical bills as well as contracts for services the department provides area hospitals and other municipalities.

Because of the growing number of medicare and medicaid patients being served by the department,, revenues have been decreasing over the past three years and a decline of about $160,000 is expected in 2015.

The City of Delafield will pay nearly 75 percent of the additional municipal contributions based on a formula that provides each community contributes based on its tax base, population and the number of emgency calls..

"I am not surprised. We knew this was coming. But these numbers are very fluid. I want to wait," said Delafield Mayor Michele DeYoe who attended the budget workshop tonight.

DeYoe noted that Edwards and the governing board of the department are working on ways to reduce spending. In addition, she said the department will have more accurate numbers later this year about 2014 spending and revenues which will help provide more accurate projections for 2015.

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