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Ballot Initiative for 911 Funding

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:27 PM by Bryan Krusniak
PhotoAt the March 20 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting, Fire Chief Jim Hughes spoke about an initiative on the April 2 ballot for Adair County to impose a monthly fee of $1.00 per cell phone (or any other device enabled to contact 911) to increase user funding for 911 services in the county. Since 2001, operational costs have increased 170% while the amount collected from the landline fee has decreased by 57.4%. Although funding is decreasing, the call load for the E-911 Communications Center has increased by 166% from 2007 to 2018. This supplemental funding will help maintain services, supporting technology, equipment and personnel. Pictured from left are Rotarian Dale Schenewerk who did the introductions, Fire Chief Jim Hughes; Chris Killday, Director, E-911 Communications; and Sara Holzmeier, Truman State University Director of Public Safety.