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Proposed surcharge would pay for consolidated dispatch center in Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new proposal suggests a phone surcharge as a way to pay for a new dispatch center in Kalamazoo.
The Consolidated 911 Center has been in the works for years.
Kalamazoo County, along with the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage, Kalamazoo Township and Western Michigan University are all looking at combining services and creating one central 911 dispatch center.
The issue so far has been money and now this phone proposal has been suggested as a way to make the project work.
Each of the five partners has agreed to pay a portion of the costs, but a new report suggests that the consolidation won't be possible without more money, which is where the phone surcharge comes in.
A suggestion has been made to charge all phones and other 911 accessible devices in Kalamazoo County each month to help pay for the dispatch center.
Any surcharge up to 42-cents can be approved by the county board, but if the surcharge is between 43-cents and three dollars voters will have to approve it.
Right now no one is saying how much a possible phone surcharge would be.
County leaders, along with those from Kalamazoo, Portage, Kalamazoo Towsnship and WMU will hold a meeting on October 17th to look at the proposal and a full report on what is needed to be done before the consolidation can happen.
We will be there and we'll keep you updated.