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June 20, 2013

Budget planning prompts E911 fee discussion

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CLAREMORE —

“Since it is budget time, we need to have a conversation on what each entity will be paying for services,” according to Helm.
“We have a budget and those entities inside the regional 911 must be paid to be in,” Helm said.
Last year, we paid $348,000 total for employee salaries and this “one third” will not be paying in, he added.
Hamilton said that only the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and Verdigris Police and Fire Departments are committed to joining, although no entity has signed any legal documents.
The cities that are interested are waiting on approval from their city council to accept beneficial interest in the trust, according to Hamilton.
Rogers County Fire Districts are automatically beneficiaries, according to Hamilton, but none have agreed to participate. The trust members have been voicing concerns for approximately a year about the cost of joining and no numbers   have been provided to date.
The entities cannot formally join the trust until their boards approve the expense to their budget.
Ultimately, Rogers County is responsible for providing E911 service to residents.
The level of the service and participation from area agencies in the E911 Center has yet to be determined.

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