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Webster County agrees to 911 surcharge increase

November 7, 2012
By PETER KASPARI ( , Messenger News

Voters in Webster County have agreed to a 25 cent in- crease on their monthly phone bill to help fund the county's 911 system.

The surcharge vote passed

58.33 percent to 41.67 per- cent, or 9,043 votes to 6,460.

Bruce McCormack, chair of the Webster County 911 Board and Gowrie Police Chief, was pleased with the results.

"It'll help just every- body," he said. "The people who live in town, in the county, and even people who travel through the county. It'll be a benefit to every- body."

The measure, which will

increase the monthly sur- charge from 75 cents to $1, will be used to pay for new equipment for the communi- cations center.

Among the improvements are plans to move a portable dispatch station out of the

Webster County Law En- forcement Center to another location. McCormack said that will allow at least one dispatch station to be used in case a natural disaster strikes the LEC.

McCormack also said the

money would be used to buy pagers for the local fire and police departments, as well as new technology. This in- cludes an advanced 911 sys- tem that will allow texting between the dispatch center and cell phones.



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