Newark is collecting more in emergency medical service (EMS) transports than initially expected.

Newark is collecting more in emergency medical service (EMS) transports than initially expected.

City auditor Stephen Johnson said the city estimated it would collect $900,000 in 2008 -- the first full year of collections. The city will have collected that much by the end of August, he said.

"We're going to increase our estimate to $675,000 for the second half of the year," Johnson said. "We were very conservative in our original estimates because no one knew what we were going to collect."

Money collected is split in the following manner: 60 percent goes to the city's general fund and 40 percent goes to the city's fire department. Johnson said 50 percent of the money that goes to the general fund is set aside for capital improvements.

Figures from the Newark Fire Department show the number of transports has increased from last year. In 2007, the department made 2,681 transports. Thus far in 2008, it has made 2,884 transports.

Newark City Council's finance committee on Monday is expected to discuss a transfer of $172,125 from the capital-improvements fund. It is money that was generated from EMS billing, Johnson said.

"We believe that will end up in paving," city service director Kathleen Barch said of the funding.

She suggested the money be spent on paving or other road projects.

Barch said the city already has appropriated $500,000 from the capital-improvements budget and $700,000 from contracts for road projects this year.

Newark City Councilman David Rhodes said the EMS money will be sent to the capital-improvements committee for a recommendation on its use. He said he also hopes the money will be used for road projects.

He said the city already has put $139,000 of money generated from EMS billing into paving projects. This would bring that total to more than $300,000.

"We have a plan for paving, and it's beginning to unfold," he said.

Newark City Council rejected a request to borrow another $1.3-million for road projects last week.

Johnson said a second request on the finance committee's agenda is to pay Med 3000 $41,250 for collecting the EMS funding. Through the city's contract with Med 3000, the company receives 6.6 percent of what the city receives from the billing.

Johnson said the city needs to approve the $41,250 to pay Med 3000 for the rest of the year's collections.

A third request on the finance committee's agenda is to hold $66,448 in the fire department's budget. That money was put in the wrong account and must be changed so the department could use it in the future, Johnson said.

Newark City Council committees meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Newark City Hall, at Fourth and Main streets.