St. Joseph County Tables Bill To Change Funding For 911 Dispatch Center

Sep 10, 2019

Credit Annacaroline Caruso

The St. Joseph County Council voted to table a bill that would fund the 911 Dispatch Center by taking tax dollars from local libraries, Transpo, and the airport.

The vote to table this bill means the funding of the 911 Center will stay the same for now.

Currently, St. Joseph County pays roughly 50 percent with South Bend paying 35 percent and Mishawaka paying 15 percent to fund the center.

Library spokeswoman Jennifer Henecke is encouraged by the councils decision to look at other options.

“It would have resulted in a half a million dollar loss to the operating budget of the library annually and a loss of that extent would be very difficult to compensate for,” she said.

Supporters of the bill said it would have split the costs of the 911 Dispatch Center more equitably.

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