Yesterday I posted about the City’s efforts to make sure that users of City services are paying their fair share in taxes — and that reminded me of a contractual agreement that we have with our neighboring township (Franklin Township) and the Village of Sugar Bush Knolls where we provide Fire and EMS services outside the City boundaries and we bill the Township and Village for their share of those services on a per call basis.
Same concept as the taxes: City provides a service and the service recipients pay for it.
The good news is the Fire Service collections in the Township and Village is never an issue and they’re great partners when it comes to setting the annual rates and sharing in the investment required in new Fire and EMS apparatus when it’s time to replace old units.
These sorts of intra-jurisdictional partnerships make a lot of business sense and we’ve used these models to expand our partnerships in other service areas with cities like Ravenna, Stow and Aurora. These types of common sense, functional partnerships don’t get a lot of fanfare in the media but I figure they are an expanding part of business that is saving our residents and our partner’s residents money year after year — so I’m happy to parade it around the blog.
Here’s the details on the Sugar Bush Knolls Fire Service contract:
It may not sound like a lot of money but these days every penny counts.