Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on January 10, 2013 @ 8:19PM
Created on January 10, 2013 @ 6:43PM
Commissioners in Upshur County talked about a potential increase in the 911 fee Thursday morning at their meeting.
The fee, which would go from $2.65 to $4.50 a month, would ensure no programs in the county would have to be cut.
Because of increased operational and personnel costs, more money needs to be generated in order to keep the 911 center up and running.
The fee hasn't been raised since 2005.
Since then, the 911 center has gone from one dispatcher on duty to three.
That means the county needs more money from somewhere to keep it fully staffed.
Another problem is that the revenue from that fee comes from landline phone use. Because more people use cell phones, that revenue has gone down.
If there isn't an increase in the 911 fee, the extra money will have to come from the general county tax revenue.
If that's the case, some programs would have to be cut.
"That's an option commission will look at, but we cannot make cuts in our 911 staff and operate efficiently and meet the call volumes, so the cuts cannot be made to the 911 center. So, if cuts are made, they'll be made to other agencies, whether it be the public library, youth camp, pool facilities, parks and recreation programs," said Willie Parker, Upshur County Administrator.
There will be a public hearing on the issue on February 14th at 11:00 a.m. in the county commission room at the courthouse.
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