KELLER — Patients treated by Keller Fire-Rescue then taken to a hospital via a mutual-aid ambulance will no longer be billed by both Keller and the mutual-aid service.Dec. 3, City Council voted to clarify the fee structure language to illuminate the problem, which Fire Chief David Jones said was unintentional.Last year, council adopted fees that were implemented July 1.“The intent of this fee was for cost recovery of the materials used and also to discourage abuse within the system,” Jones said during a Nov. 19 council meeting.Jones said an unintended consequence of the fee results when patients receive treatment from the Keller fire department and need to be transported to the hospital. If the Keller department does not have an ambulance available, a mutual-aid ambulance company is called and the patient is billed by both entities.“The patient that does get transported by a mutual ambulance is getting a fee from us for no transport and they are getting a fee from whatever mutual aid ambulance that did transport them,” he said. “If we couldn’t go and we have to call a mutual-aid ambulance, we feel we should not be passing that (cost) on to residents.”Jones said 35 patients were affected since the fees were implemented July 1, 2012.“Those 35 patients received the $200 bill from Keller and received a bill from whichever mutual aid ambulance that transported them,” he said.Jones said out of the 35 patients, some have paid the bill and some are in collections.“Once we realized this was a problem and brought to our attention, everything has been pulled from collections until we have further review from you guys,” Jones told council.Jones said a change would be to amend the fee structure by adding language that would read, “Patients who receive treatment by Keller Fire-Rescue but not transported by Keller Fire-Rescue or a mutual aid ambulance shall be responsible for the cost of the treatment or fee not to exceed $200.”City Manager Steve Polasek said city staff, if council agrees, will pull the statements from collections and reimburse those who have paid.“I think that’s the right thing to do, to get that money back to those people,” Polasek said. “This was not the intent of this program. Our goal was to discourage abuse in the system, not to double bill people so we want to rectify that.”Another item that Jones said needs direction and clarification is in regard to non-resident city employees, suffering a non-work related condition while on-duty and transported by Keller ambulance to the hospital.Jones suggested treating non-resident employees in that situation within the current fee structure.