Operation Funding for the Cal Tahoe JPA is handled through El Dorado County as part of the contract with the County and is made up of:

  • Property taxes
  • Special taxes
  • Benefit assessment
  • Ambulance billing
  • Approximately $10M annually (Combined total for both CSA 3&7)
  • 40% from tax/assessments
  • 60% from ambulance billing
  • The EMS Agency is funded thru the County’s General Fund

The Cal Tahoe JPA’s primary funding is received through a monthly stipend from the County as part of the contract. Each year the operational stipend is evaluated and adjusted based on call volume, patient billing and the CPI for the upcoming year. Interfacility transfers (IFT) are not counted as part of the overall response volume but rather are billed under a separate category. Billing for IFT’s is also handled through Wittman Enterprises with collected revenues being placed into a separate account. El Dorado County receives 7% of collections for operational cost and payment back to Whittman. The remaining funds are then distributed back to the JPA on a quarterly basis. The IFT funds are then split between the member agencies and the JPA its self utilizing an established set rate per mile traveled in performing IFT transports during the year. These funds are utilized by the JPA to fund ambulance replacement cost. The additional monies are then split between the member agencies.  

Fiscal / budgetary planning is done by the Executive Director in cooperation with the Fire Chiefs. A fiscal year financial budget is developed and then presented to the Board for evaluation, recommendations and revisions prior to acceptance and approval by the Board Accounting for the Cal Tahoe JPA was handled through the accounting firm ofOlivo, Zicko and Klover located at 2520 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Cal Tahoe moved the accounting duties to El Dorado County with the start of the 2012-2013 fiscal year.       

Cal Tahoe has financial accounts at Bank of the West located at 2161 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. (530) 541-3390, including a Money Market Account.  An additional operating and checking account is established with El Dorado County to facilitate accounting operations with the County assuming the role of Cal Tahoe Accountant.

For additional information on what has been reported to the state, please refer to the following links


Contact Us

2951 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
530-559-1183 Office

Ryan Wagoner
Executive Director


We are a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) providing ambulance service under contract with El Dorado County to Tahoe South Shore CSA-3 and parts of northwest Alpine County, California.