Why was the ballot measure authorized? 
Currently, ND State Radio charges 46¢ per subscriber.  They recently calculated the expense of providing services and will be increasing the fee to from 46¢ to 84¢ in 2019 and $1.39 in 2020.  Our "local" fee of $1 will not adequately cover the increases.


9-1-1 Fee

Ballot Measure

​Emmons County has authorized a ballot measure to increase the local 9-1-1 fee for the "continued maintenance and operations of 9-1-1" for the November 6th General Election

You hear a window breaking, someone isn't breathing, you've witnessed a serious car accident … you need help. 

Fortunately, pretty much everywhere in the United States, you can call 9-1-1 and be linked to an emergency communications center where you will be connected to the calm voice of a highly-trained professional who provides life-saving instructions and ensures that first responders arrive as quickly and safely as possible.

ND State Radio is our contracted local emergency communications center which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is responsible for answering all 9-1-1 and dispatching law enforcement, fire, ambulance and other services.

Who pays for the 9-1-1 service?

  • By a vote of County Electors, each household and business pays a $1 per month fee for 9-1-1 service on each telephone line that appears on their phone bill. 
  • The North Dakota Century Code allows a "local" 9-1-1 fee to be collected up to $1.50 per subscriber line. Emmons County currently remains at $1.00.
  • Additional funding for the overall operation comes from the County's general fund.