2017-08-10 / Letters to the Editor

Increase for E911 ‘good investment’

After reading “County considers child care millage” (Resorter, Aug. 3), I got the impression from the quotes of the elected officials that it’s only a 1/2 mill. Only? Where does it stop? The people of this county do not have money trees in their backyards.

The county needs money – well, let’s just add on another millage. Oh wait, people will have to vote for it … we will just dazzle them with smoke and mirrors and tell them the world is going to end if it isn’t passed. Maybe the county should prove that they can be more fiscally responsible instead.

On that same note, I read “E911 seeks authorization for 1.1 mills” (Resorter, Aug. 3). E911 Central Dispatch Director Vance Stringham wants to increase the E911 millage from .75 mills to 1.1 mills. It has been .75 mills for 26 years. During that time, a new “state of the art” dispatch center was built including upgrades to the radios, computeraided dispatch software, medical pre-arrival software, computers, back-up generators, cell phone location technology and many other improvements. All without an increase in the millage. That to me, shows fiscal responsibility.

Asking for an increase to 1.1 mills is justified. New technology, Next Generation 911, allowing callers to text, send photos, videos, redundancy, transferring of calls all require new and expensive equipment. All of these things are a necessity in our modern world. If you have never called 911 before or have used their services previously, I bet, if you have an emergency, you will be glad that this important lifeline to emergency services is there and that they have the best upto date equipment and training.

Life and death situations do not care about your millages. You should. An increase to 1.1 mills is a good investment in the lives of your loved ones.

John Bawol

St. Helen

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