Lincoln City Council requests UNL pay more for emergency services
City councilman Roy Christensen is calling for negotiations with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
"I am just looking for a good discussion and negotiation to bring this to the right number to be agreed upon," said Christensen.
On Monday, Christensen penned a resolution hoping to open a dialogue on the amount UNL pays each year for emergency services.
Christensen says he sees an in-balance in the amount UNL is paying and the amount that other big ten schools pay their communities.
"They (other Big Ten Universities) are compensating their local community for fire and rescue operations right around 450,000 dollars a year," said Christensen.
Currently, UNL pays $16,000 a year for the emergency services used.
Approximately 350 emergency calls are responded to on campus each year.
That number is expected to increase with the yearly increase to the student population.
"We don't have as good of a balance as we once had with compensation that the university is offering us for the services we offer them in regards to Lincoln fire and rescue," said Christensen.
Christensen says the relationship between UNL and the city of Lincoln is good – and he hopes it will stay that way.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue is funded primarily by tax payer money.
With the amount of emergency calls increasing, more funds will be needed for LFR in the future.
"The only source of funds for Lincoln fire and rescue is property taxes. UNL, being a state institution, does not pay property taxes. So we have to agree on some other way to compensate the city for the services provided," said Christensen.
The public hearing is set to take place on Monday, February 25th.
Public testimony is encouraged.
The resolution will be voted on at the end of the hearing.