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?
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.
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.