CHARLESTON -- Ambulance rates in the city could be going up soon.

Charleston City Council is going to vote on a potential 3-percent increase to ambulance services rates, a consistent theme for several years. The ambulance rates have gone up by 3 percent each year since 2016.  

Charleston Fire Chief Steve Bennett said officials review the price each year and judge whether there is a need for an increase. Rising operating costs that accounts for things such as increasing medical equipment cost was the reason for the increase. 

Dependent on care, this could mean a $25 increase to the bill at most, Bennett said. 

The base rates for all calls for service to the residents of the city, including full-time students of Eastern Illinois University, will be:

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  • $470 (once $455) for a basic life support
  • $735 (once $710)  for advanced life support
  • $880 (once $855) for advanced life support II
  • $13.50 (once $13) for mileage per loaded mile

Rates are higher for non-residents.

  • $665 (once $645) for a basic life support
  • $1,050 (once $1,015) for advanced life support
  • $1,260 (once $1,220) for advanced life support II
  • $13.50 (once $13) for mileage per loaded mile
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Also a part of this increase, residents as well as non-resident public service calls will come with a $50 per incident charge after exceeding five requests per calendar year at the discretion of the Fire Chief. This charge originally only applied to non-residents. 

City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, at 520 Jackson Ave. 

Also, council members are slated to vote on a increase to water rates in the city. The proposed rates were placed on file for public inspection at their last meeting. 

The increase is a 3.9 percent increase.

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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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