Borough of Buena, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Buena as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 3-26-2007 by Ord. No. 546]

§ 115-1 Marriages and civil union ceremonies performed by Mayor.

The following fees are hereby established to be collected by the Borough Clerk for marriages and civil union ceremonies performed by the Mayor as follows:
A. 
At the municipal building: not to exceed $125.
B. 
At a Borough residence: not to exceed $150.
C. 
At a hall reception Buena Borough/Buena Vista Township: not to exceed $175.
D. 
Out of town: not to exceed $200.
[Adopted 9-13-2010 by Ord. No. 571]

§ 115-2 Emergency medical services provided.

The Borough of Buena provides emergency medical services through the Police Department, Division of Emergency Medical Services, to citizens and visitors of the Borough of Buena on a twenty-four-hour basis throughout the year to the extent that such resources are available.

§ 115-3 No denial or delay of services.

All persons needing EMS services within the Borough of Buena shall be serviced to the extent that such services are available without discrimination on any basis, and without respect to residency, ability to pay, or any other factor. No person located within the Borough of Buena at the time emergency medical services are needed shall be denied or delayed available service when such services are available.

§ 115-4 Maintenance of service records.

The Borough of Buena, through the Division of Emergency Medical Services and a third-party billing agent (retained by the Borough of Buena for purposes of seeking payment for the provision of emergency services), shall maintain accurate records of all of requests for service, service calls, and services approved by the Division of EMS. Said records shall include pertinent information about the general nature of the call and shall identify the complete name, mailing address, place of domicile, location and telephone numbers of all persons requesting and receiving the EMS services, as well as all pertinent and available insurance information.

§ 115-5 Billings to insurance companies and/or persons served emergency medical services.

The Borough of Buena shall contract with a third-party billing agent for the collection of payment for services rendered by the Division of EMS. Said bill shall be issued to the insurance company for the person served, if any, or directly to the person served if insurance coverage is not available. Fees to be charged for the EMS services shall be as follows:
A. 
Ambulance transportation: $600.
B. 
Basic life support (BLS) mileage: $14 per loaded mile.
C. 
Oxygen administration: $75 feet.
D. 
Automatic external defibrillator (AED) pads: $75.
E. 
Cervical collars: $25.
F. 
One-way assessment: $150.

§ 115-6 Payment for emergency medical services.

Persons receiving a bill for the EMS services shall: make payment to the Borough of Buena third-party billing agent within 30 days; or provide proof that they have submitted a claim to their insurance carrier for payment within 30 days of receipt of request of a bill. These provisions shall be subject to the following:
A. 
Persons receiving the EMS service who have health insurance to cover ambulance and emergency medical services are expected to cooperate with the Borough of Buena's third-party billing agent to secure full payment for services rendered.
B. 
In the event the health insurance company of a taxpayer or domiciled resident does not pay the bill in full, the Borough of Buena will accept such partial payment to the extent on the insured's policy limits, including deductible and co-insurance requirements, as payment in full.
C. 
In the event a taxpayer or domiciled resident of the Borough of Buena does not have health insurance, payment shall not be required.
D. 
Due to the time requirements for the preparation and processing of insurance claims, interest shall not be charged on Borough of Buena's billings.
E. 
After providing emergency medical services, the Borough of Buena shall transmit all pertinent billing information to the Borough of Buena's third-party billing agent for collection as set forth in Subsection F below. The third-party billing agent shall be responsible for receipt of payment and proper recordkeeping of its collections as provided in its contract with the Borough of Buena. Payments received by third-party billing agent shall, thereafter, be transmitted electronically to a designated account of the Borough of Buena to be administered by the Borough of Buena Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In addition, the third-party billing agent shall simultaneously transmit a transport report to the Coordinator of EMS for its review and approval and transport copy of the Borough CFO. The Coordinator of EMS shall prepare a reconciliation report and shall monitor the operations of the third-party billing agent, including billing activities and receipt of funds.
F. 
The third-party billing agent shall be responsible for the initial billing and two follow-up billings. Costs associated with the third-party reimbursement requests shall be based solely on a percent of reimbursement collections as provided in its contract with the Borough of Buena. After three attempts to collect said claim, the third-party billing agency shall notify the Borough of Buena and relinquish rights to that billing, unless otherwise directed by the Borough Manager. The Borough of Buena shall turn said delinquent accounts over to a collection agency that will be compensated on a percent of cash collections of the delinquent accounts. The Borough of Buena reserves the right to determine that a bill is uncollectible and should be written off.

§ 115-7 Definitions.

For the purposes of emergency medical service charges, the following definitions shall apply:
A. 
Any individual who is the spouse or an unemancipated child (natural, adopted or stepchild) of a taxpayer or domiciled resident as defined in this section;
B. 
Any unemancipated child for whom the taxpayer or year-round resident has been appointed legal guardian;
C. 
Any individual who resides in a permanent domicile of the taxpayer of domiciled resident and is claimed as a dependent for federal income tax purposes; or
D. 
Any individual who resides in the permanent domicile of the taxpayer or domiciled resident, and who is deemed to be a dependent under the health insurance policy of the taxpayer or domiciled resident.
DOMICILED RESIDENT
Any individual whose legal domicile is within the Borough of Buena. Verification of domicile shall be based on voter registration, a State of New Jersey Driver's license, proof of filing a State of New Jersey income tax return from a Borough of Buena address or other proofs accepted under federal guidelines.
TAXPAYER
Any individual listed on the deed of ownership of any property located within the municipal boundaries of the Borough of Buena and their dependents as defined in this section. In the case of corporation, partnership, only those individuals retaining a 25% or greater ownership shall be considered a taxpayer. For the purpose of determining a 25% or greater ownership, adult married or civil union partners may combine their ownership. "Dependent" as defined in this section shall be considered a taxpayer.