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911 funds, equipment discussed

Friday, November 14, 2008

CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County officials will have to wait for quarterly tax receipts before they will know if the county's 911 income is dropping significantly or not.

Commissioners discussed 911 funding and recent 911 equipment purchases during their regular meeting Thursday.

Annual revenue collected for the 911 fund from a surcharge on all land phone lines has typically been between $65,000 to $75,000 per year.

"We don't know if it is down or not," County Clerk Junior DeLay. He said 911 revenue is not tracked monthly like county sales tax receipts are.

Lease-purchase financing for the county's new 911 recorders was finalized this week, according to DeLay. "Focus Bank had the lowest rate," he said.

The $42,000 tab for the recorders will be paid over a three-year period, according to DeLay.

DeLay said the county hasn't been billed yet by AT&T for the new Positron Viper 911 dispatching systems. The $230,000 for the AT&T equipment will be paid for from the 911 fund, according to DeLay.

Commissioners approved purchasing the new 911 equipment for the Charleston and East Prairie 911 call centers in June as the old equipment was no longer being manufactured and parts were unavailable.

The new equipment has been in been operation since Oct. 1, according to Robert Hearnes, director of the Charleston Department of Public Safety.

This is the county's second 911 system and the third recorder purchase since 911 was established in the county in the mid-1990s.

In other discussion during Thursday's meeting:

* DeLay said he intends to ask those elected as county commissioners to meet with him after Thanksgiving.

He said he plans to advise them on county classifications, the county budget and the budget preparation procedure as preparing the 2009 budget will be among their first tasks as county commissioners.

* Sales tax received by the county is up about 4 percent, according to Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg.

The half-cent law enforcement tax has already brought in $429,658, according to county officials.

DeLay said they projected $415,000 in the budget.

Blumenberg said the total may be around $460,000 after receiving the last sales tax check for the year.

* Commissioners said county crews have finished assisting the city of Anniston with the placement of drainage pipes and will put down sealing oil on the county's roads while the weather permits.

"That's going to give us a lot more life on those roads," Blumenberg said. "There's just a few we're looking at. We'll probably seal another eight to 10 miles."