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A comprehensive cost of service study was conducted in 2021 to determine the city’s cost of providing services. Studies are important to ensure the City’s cost recovery is in alignment with the cost to provide service. The amount charged for a fee may not exceed the cost of providing the service.
The Poway Fire Department is funded through a combination of property taxes and user fees. Tax dollars help provide for the availability fire prevention and protection, and emergency medical services. While tax dollars do help subsidize a small portion of the ambulance operation, patients transported by ambulance must pay an additional fee for the individual service they received. The fees help lessen the burden on the tax paying public.
Fees will be adjusted each year effective July 1 based on the Consumer Price Index.