Schererville wants assurances about E-911

2014-02-27T18:00:00Z 2014-02-28T11:26:06Z Schererville wants assurances about E-911Chas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
February 27, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | Town leaders want to add another level of accountability before they consider approving an interlocal agreement on the consolidation of E-911 dispatch services in the county.

Council President Mike Troxell said Schererville will coordinate another meeting with officials from St. John, Highland and Cedar Lake, three other communities that haven't yet signed the interlocal agreement.

Troxell said the purpose of the meeting will be to develop a memorandum of understanding between the communities regarding their expectations for the consolidation.

Those expectations would be presented to the Lake County Council and Board of Commissioners, and those panels would be asked to sign the document to ensure the expectations would be met, Schererville officials said.

Among the concerns Schererville leaders expressed during a study session is the funding that will be used to finance $21 million in capital expenses associated with the consolidation.

Last week, the Lake County commissioners decided to borrow up to $21 million to create the E-911 network in Lake County.

Funding generated from the county income tax is slated to be used to service the debt.

Schererville Councilman Jerry Tippy and other officials are concerned property taxes in Lake County would be adversely affected if the income tax funding isn't sufficient.

Earlier this week, county officials told representatives from the four towns that haven't signed the interlocal agreement that using new property taxes for the debt service is a remote possibility.

Lake County has until Dec. 31 to establish consolidated E-911 services. The county could lose millions in state funding if it misses that deadline.

Schererville's Town Council is likely consider approving the E-911 interlocal agreement during its March 12 meeting.

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