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Ordinance change for addition of collection fees to outstanding ambulance billing

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:27 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:29 a.m. CST

Beginning July 1, the Newton Fire Department will begin implementation of an ordinance change passed by the Newton City Council in June.

“In an effort to recover revenue owed to the city, Newton will be implementing a new program to promote payments from those who have refused to pay their delinquent ambulance charges,” the release stated. “Beginning July 1, a 25 percent cost of collection will be added to the balance of any outstanding ambulance charges and the debt will be turned over to a collection agency.”

The Newton Fire Department noted 95 percent of Newton citizens pay their bills on time, and the department will continue to work with individuals to try and keep ambulance fees from becoming delinquent.

“This new collection effort is for the minority who do not pay their share,” the release stated.

For more information about an outstanding ambulance bill, contact the department at (641) 792-3347.