Ambulance Billing – The Village Board establishes fees for ambulance services provided by the Fire Department. Fees range from $1,400 for residents to $1,800 for non-residents. The fee covers the cost of providing up to five firefighter/paramedic responders with an ambulance equipped to handle any medical emergency. The Village contracts with a third-party service to invoice and collect all ambulance fees. Questions regarding charges on a bill should be directed to the billing service as noted on the invoice. Questions relating to services provided by Oak Park paramedics at the time of transport should be directed to the Fire Department at 708.358.5600.
Water Billing – Most residents and property owners are billed quarterly for their water usage. The bill also includes refuse and recycling collection charges. Payment may be made via a return envelope included with each bill, through an account debit, online or in person at Village Hall - click here for information on account debit and online payments. Starting Village services in the name of a new property owner is automatic, as the new account information is entered into Village records when a property transfer occurs. An application confirming the record change is sent to the new property owner at that time. Before a property is sold, all outstanding utility charges must be paid or the real estate transfer tax stamps necessary to complete a legal property transaction in Oak Park will not be issued. A property seller or the seller's representative should order a final water reading so that the final bill is prepared when real estate transfer stamps are purchased. To arrange a final reading, call 708.358.5478 at least 72 hours before you intend to purchase the real estate transfer stamps. Payment may be made with a cashier's check, certified check, money order, MasterCard, Visa or Discover card. Personal checks are not accepted.
Garbage and Recycling Billing – Village residents and property owners are billed for garbage and recycling services each quarter along with their water usage charges. Payment can be made via a return envelope included with each bill or in person at Village Hall. As with water billing, starting up Oak Park utility services in the name of a new property owner is automatic, as the new account information is entered into Village records when property ownership is transferred. An application confirming the record change is sent at that time. Before a property is sold, all outstanding utility charges must be paid or the Village cannot issue the real estate transfer tax stamps necessary to complete a legal property transaction in Oak Park. Payment for water, sewer, solid waste disposal and recycling fees can be electronically debited from a checking or savings account, or charged to a credit card. Completion of a simple application available through the Finance Department will authorize the Village to automatically debit a designated bank account or charge to a specific credit card on the day payment is due.