Why was the ballot measure authorized? 
Currently, ND State Radio charges Emmons County 46¢ per telephone line subscriber. They recently calculated the expense of providing this service and will be increasing their current fee of 46¢ per/line to 84¢ in July 2019 and then to $1.39 in July 2020.

 Our current "Local" 9-1-1 fee of $1.00 will not cover these increases in addition to the other ongoing required expenses that are paid from the current “Local” $1.00 fee.  Should the measure fail to pass, the additional funds needed ($17,825.00 in 2019 and $43,625.00 in 2020) to provide local 9-1-1 services, which is currently self-supported and fully funded by the 9-1-1 fee, will have to be paid with collected property taxes from the County’s General Fund rather than having all telephone subscribers continuing to pay for this vital service.  


9-1-1 Fee

Ballot Measure

​Emmons County Commissioners authorized a ballot measure to increase the 
“Local” 9-1-1 fee from the current $1.00 to $1.50 per telephone line subscriber for "continued maintenance and operations of 9-1-1" for the November 6th 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.

​​​Sheriff's Department

Who pays for the 9-1-1 service?

  • By a previous vote of County Electors, each household/business pays a $1 per month “local” 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 since it was first approved in 1994.