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July 16, 2013

Commissioners approve E911 Trust

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CLAREMORE —

“You do not have to legally subsidize the 911 services,” Orbison said.
If the E911 Trust Authority does not have the required funding to function, then the trust could increase fees for service to increase revenue or the center could close if no funding was available.
The towns of Oologah, Talala and Chelsea as well as several fire districts have agreed to join the trust.
However, the towns are not required to fund the center, only pay a fee as agreed upon by contract with the authority, according to Orbison.
“The county is already on the hook,” Orbison said.
The county owns all of the facilities of the center and has the employees that will operate the center, he said.
“There are a lot of details that need to be worked out.” Obrison said.
DeLozier pointed out it would be necessary to continue to support 911 services regardless of the financial state of the trust, in the interest of public safety.
Although the board was discussing the “worst case scenario”, each member agreed it was better to discuss the issue before approving the measure.
“(It is) for the health and safety for the people of the county,” Helm added.
The newly formed trust authority will meet 10 a.m. on Thursday to begin the process of determining a structure for the board and other critical functions.
“I want to thank everyone that is willing to be on the trust. It is a big step,” DeLozier said.

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