Lake County removes majority of E-911 money from budget

2012-09-11T20:15:00Z Lake County removes majority of E-911 money from budgetBill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
September 11, 2012 8:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council cut the budget for E-911 communications Tuesday in an admission that a merger of 18 police and fire department dispatch centers is unlikely to take place in 2013.

The council voted Tuesday to reduce spending to $900,000 next year from an estimated $11.6 million on emergency communication equipment purchases and payments to consultants. State law mandates the merger by the end of 2014.

Larry Blanchard, a consultant for county commissioners, said the $11.6 million was an estimate of what it would take to buy not only equipment, but also to renovate and equip two unified call centers.

The council still must address a multimillion-dollar deficit caused by a shortfall in tax collections, new spending in the county jail and rising health care bills for county employees.

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