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E911 discusses pending sales tax

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The E911 Board of Directors hosted a brief meeting on Thursday, March 15 before adjourning into closed session to discuss matters of personnel.

Chairman John Fletcher reported the sales tax used to fund the organization has generated roughly $80,000 each month this year. In the April election, voters will decide whether to up the present half-cent sales tax to a full cent. If passed, this tax will sunset in four years.

Director Stacie Smith reported the center received 13,718 calls in February. This number is down from January's total of 14,323.

Fletcher also publicly thanked the city for repairing a drainage problem from the E911 center.

"We probably should a thank-you note to the street department, cause they really didn't have to," he said.

The next tentative meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m.

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I don't have any problem with the building. I *hoped* they would build a state-of-the-art building. If we're going to pay for E911 services, let's get the best. We did. But I agree voters deserved a complete and detailed explanation of why the board is asking us for more money so soon. I know sales tax revenues probably are less than initially projected because the economy tanked after they got the project started. That's understandable, but let's see the figures -- revenue trends, how money is routinely spent, and what steps the board has taken to economize.

-- Posted by taxedpayer on Fri, Mar 16, 2012, at 7:27 PM

I can't believe they are asking to double the 911 tax already! Why not give all the tax payers a total break down of what the exact amount is needed, what it will be spent on and why it wasn't figured in when the original tax was asked for. Is the 911 board admitting they didn't plan or give any thought to future needs? I didn't have a problem funding 911. I do however have a problem of just wasting tax payer money just because it's there and more is coming. The building itself was such a waste.. A very good 911 system could have been put in place for a fraction of what has been wasted on this one. I'm still waiting to see a published break down of all the so called 911 calls.. 90 percent are most likely daily routine calls?

-- Posted by Gumby on Fri, Mar 16, 2012, at 1:33 PM

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