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(1) The city manager may set all rates and fees for any ambulance service operated by the city. Except in an emergency when such rates and fees may be immediately imposed, all rates and fees shall be established only after public notice, hearing and findings that the proposed adjustments are:

(a) in the public interest,

(b) except as approved by the council, insure the ambulance service will not draw on the general tax revenues of the city, and

(c) will insure those who receive the service pay in proportion to the cost of the service provided.

(2) The decision of the city manager to establish rates and fees in subsection (1) above shall be final unless an aggrieved person appeals the decision to the council. The appeal shall be in writing and filed with the council within 30 days of the city manager’s decision. Except in an emergency, the appeal suspends implementation of the city manager’s decision until the council hears the appeal. The council shall hear the appeal promptly and affirm, modify or repeal the decision of the city manager.

(3) The city manager or the manager’s designate shall pursue collection of fees and charges established under subsections (1) and (2) by all lawful remedies available to the city to recover costs for services rendered plus collection costs, including attorney fees.

(Section 2.608 added by Ordinance No. 18734, enacted December 17, 1980; administratively amended by Ordinance No. 20113, enacted April 6, 1998, effective May 6, 1998.)