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Harrison County updating 911 equipment

Updated: Wednesday, July 16 2014, 06:14 PM EDT
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio - The equipment in the 911 Dispatch Center in Harrison County is 5 years old. While that may not seem like a long time, the way technology progresses those systems are now obsolete.
Commissioners approved a levy for the November ballot that will pay for upgrades to equipment at the Sheriff's Office.  
"If I make a phone call at the courthouse today, a 911 call, even though we're right across the street from the sheriff's office, it actually gets routed to Marion, Ohio and then it's turned around and shipped back to the Sheriff's Office," said Doug Crabtree, 911 committee chairman.
The levy will generate about $240,000 a year for the upgrades -- with some cost to residents.
On a home that costs $75,000, it would cost the owner $25.25 per year. For a $100,000 home, it's $35 a month, and a $125,000 home is $43.75 per year.
The levy money will pay for upgrades that will streamline the emergency calls.
"We're still able to get those calls back to our dispatch center, but it just takes a few extra seconds," Crabtree said. "And in a life-or-death situation, we try to cut those seconds down to nothing."
A 50-cent-per landline charge is assessed to each landline in Harrison County, but Crabtree says those funds are depleting, which has county officials looking for more revenues.
"As we lose funds through the landlines, we're trying to offset some of those costs and be able to move along with the next generation," Crabtree said.
The new system will allow the sheriff's office to receive 911 calls -- and even text messages.
"Here in Harrison County, some places, the services is just pretty poor, but you still may be able to get a text message out," Crabtree said. "So our dispatch center would be able to receive that text message and get someone out to you."
The levy will be on the November ballot. And to break things down further, county officials went as far to say that for an average household, the levy would be an increase of 9 cents a day over the course of a year.

Harrison County updating 911 equipment

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