Ambulance Utility Fee

The Arlington City Council adopted an Ambulance Utility Fee that is added to your monthly unified utility bill to ensure public safety is sustainably funded and staffed to support our community.

The City Council adopted this fee after four years of intensive study to find a sustainable model to fund Emergency Medical Services (EMS). EMS services are now funded through an EMS Property Tax Levy, the Ambulance Utility Fee, and fees paid by other jurisdictions that contract with the City of Arlington for services. The Ambulance Utility Fee closes a $1.5 million gap in funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Reduced Utility Rate

The City of Arlington offers a 40% reduction in rates to qualified low income senior citizens and low income disabled customers for water, sewer, stormwater, and ambulance services provided by the City. The program includes both homeowners and renters who live in a primary residence receiving a separate Arlington utility bill for service.

The Reduced Utility Rate application is available for completion online. You may also pick up an application at the Finance Department, during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Medicaid Exemption

Washington State requires the City to exempt those on Medicaid from an Ambulance Utility Fee. The City of Arlington requires proof of enrollment on Medicaid to apply the exemption. If you are eligible, please fill out the Medicaid Exemption application and return to the Finance Department for review and processing.

Applications are also available in the Finance Department during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Materials from July 2, 2018 Public Hearing