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Ballot wording for E911 surcharge increase approved

By Staff | Aug 22, 2008

Grant money expenditures and ballot wording garnered in-depth discussion from members of the E911 Service Board at Wednesday’s meeting.

Terry Reekers, board secretary, said the county attorney had phrased the wording for the Tuesday, Nov. 4 ballot calling for the $1 increase from voters for the current per month/line service charge for a maximum of 24 months to help fund the E911 system upgrade that serves the county. After the two-year period, the amount would revert to $1.

The wording received board approval. Reekers planned to deliver the ballot request to the county auditor’s office Thursday.

The board also considered, with its approval and permission, to purchase copies for handouts and advertising of the ballot question.

Reekers, with the help of Eric Milburn and Gene Haukoos, put together a FAQ on the issue. It was suggested the board double-check the proper procedure to follow when promoting an issue of a group that exists on public money.

In looking over the finance sheet, the board, on Reekers’ suggestion, deleted the 911 Loan Fund and transferred the monies to the surcharge fund. It was noted the 911 Loan Fund was unnecessary and created additional bookkeeping.

The board learned from Reekers the new server was to be ordered this week with monies from the Wireless Surcharge Grant amounting to $50,000.

Reekers said the quote from Emergitech was $12,388 for the floor-mount unit.

The grant monies will also purchase two work stations at $25,000 and two chairs for the dispatchers.

“All of the grant has to be spent by Oct. 31,” Reekers reminded the board.

Sheriff Larry Lamack submitted a written update on the communication center project.