PI Commissioners Continue Full 911 Levy on Phones
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:05:18 EST

Presque Isle County Commissioners recently decided to continue a full surcharge levy on all phones in the county.

The board can only collect 42-cents (.42) on each device, but since voters had approved allowing the board to charge up to 2-dollars ($2.00), the board decided to levy the full allowable amount last year. The reason for the higher surcharge is to pay for upgrades to the 911 center, and communications system in the form of radios and pagers for fire departments.

As fire and EMS departments were running into inadequate communications, a decision was made to discontinue use of old VHF radio systems and replace that with the Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), commonly known as the 800 megahertz radio system.

The cost to outfit all Fire Departments, EMS and first responder with new equipment and upgrade the dispatch center cost in the area of a million dollars. The surcharge will cover payments on a loan - lease approach.

Commissioners noted that if collections are more than what is needed, they can roll the surcharge back down a bit to adjust accordingly.

Old and New equipment in the Presque Isle County Central Dispatch center last December.


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