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May 6, 2014

County Commissioners set E911 fees

CLAREMORE —

The Rogers County Commissioners voted Monday to accept contract charges for the E911 Center.
The board briefly discussed the fees, which were originally approved by the E911 Trust Authority in October 2013.
The fees are broken down by a monthly amount, but will likely be submitted as an annual contract.
The entities cannot budget beyond the fiscal year, according to Assistant District Attorney David Iski.
Ranging from $300 to $20,000 monthly, each agency has been assigned an amount based on what they are currently paying and other factors not specified in the meeting.
Northwest Fire Department Chief David Puckett submitted the fees to the board for approval based on previous negotiations.
Commissioner Dan DeLozier called them a “good starting point.” 
DeLozier said the center has been held up while they put a working model in place.
“We wanted to make sure the center could effectively handle the workload,” he said.
The costs associated with the center would need to be cut to make it successful, according to DeLozier.
The approved fees will generate $65,491 monthly, if all agencies in the county join the center. 
The City of Claremore has already opted out publicly. They account for $25,000 of the monthly fees alone.
Pafford Ambulance service has also opted out, yet was used in the estimate, accounting for $3,000 a month. 
Other agencies listed in the estimate have privately opted out of the program. 
The remaining estimated revenue if contracts are signed will be approximately $35,000.
Rogers County will account for about $20,000 of the monthly revenue, leaving approximately $15,000 to be collected from the outside agencies.
The county will remain responsible for funding the majority of the E911 Center.
Claremore City Manager Jim Thomas asked if the county would continue to fund the center, explaining the potential deficit between the funds to be collected from the outside agencies and the $1.2 million budget.

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