In December of 2008, the Oklahoma City Council instituted a city utility bill charge that enrolls residents in EMSA's Total Care Ambulance coverage. Here are some frequently asked questions on the fee, what it covers and how to opt out if you choose.
When does the program start? - The charges will begin in October of 2009, and every residence is automatically enrolled unless they choose to opt out.
How much is the fee? - Currently, it's set at $3.65. It could change at some point in the future, depending on the associated costs, but officials don't expect any change before 2012.
What does the charge cover? - Every person who lives at the residence is covered by EMSA's "TotalCare" program, which provides emergency ambulance service. Get more information on TotalCare online.
Is this available outside of the city? - No. Only water customers within Oklahoma City are eligible for the program.
How do I opt out? - If you wish to opt out of the program and not be covered for ambulance service, you must do so between September 1st and September 30th. An opt out form is available online. Not until the following September will you be allowed to participate if you change your mind.
What about renters? - Landlords have the option of opting out, but they must notify their tenants in writing. But even if landlords opt out, renters can pay the fee and participate in the program if they so choose by calling EMSA at (405) 396-2888.
What if I have other questions? - For more information, contact the OKC Utilities Department at (405) 297-2833.