[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Northumberland County 7-10-2014. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Emergency responses — See Ch. 61.
Provided by Code of Virginia § 15.2-1300, as amended, the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors has elected to become a member with the Counties of Essex, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland for the Emergency Ambulance Service Revenue Recovery Board (EASRRB).
Purpose and intent; fiscal agent.
In order to protect and ensure the health, safety and welfare of their citizens, the Counties of Essex, Lancaster, Richmond, Westmoreland and Northumberland (the "counties") provide support and funding to various ambulance service providers operating in their respective jurisdictions; and
The counties have decided that utilizing the services of private sector companies for ambulance billing services can be expensive and have poor collection rates; and
The counties believe that an in-house regional billing program, operated by the Northern Neck Planning District Commission (NNPDC), will enable the counties to lower administrative costs, improve service for area residents utilizing ambulance services, and increase the success rate of collections through cooperation with local treasurers; and
The counties believe that the such regional billing program will ultimately make more funds available for local ambulance services through greater revenue recovery; and
Code of Virginia § 15.2-1300 provides that local governments may enter into agreements for joint or cooperative exercise of any power, privilege or authority which each is capable of exercising individually; and
After a public hearing duly advertised in accordance with Code of Virginia, § 15.2-1427, as amended, the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors has determined to form a joint entity along with the other counties, such entity to be designated as the Emergency Ambulance Service Revenue Recovery Board (EASRRB) for the purpose of overseeing the creation and administration of the regional billing program; and
The NNPDC has agreed to act as fiscal agent for the EASRRB and provide day-to-day operations and management of the regional billing program; and
The creation of a joint entity will permit the delivery and oversight of workforce services in a manner that will ensure accountability to governing bodies of the counties.
Therefore, the Board of Supervisors of the County of Northumberland hereby approves becoming a member of the EASRRB to exercise such powers and duties as set forth in the intergovernmental agreement, ambulance billing services (the "agreement") which is attached hereto and made a part of the ordinance from which this section derives, and such other powers and duties as may be incidental to the activities set forth therein or as may be hereafter agreed to and authorized by each of the counties by joint resolution; and further approves the execution of the agreement and authorizes the Chair of the Board of Supervisors to execute the agreement on behalf of the County.
Editor's Note: A copy of the agreement is on file in the County Offices.