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911: What about cities that already had vision?

Letter by Laurie Carter, Bonney Lake on June 20, 2011 at 10:17 am | 5 Comments »
June 20, 2011 2:33 pm

Re: “Vote likely for area 911 tax” (TNT, 6-19).

An underlying aspect of the 911 tax was not covered in the story. What about cities like Bonney Lake and Puyallup that already had the vision to make this move on their own? They budgeted and compared systems with the looming deadline in mind more than a year ago. I believe you call that planning.

It appears cities with forethought will be forced to join this new system and abandon their recently upgraded system for a new vision. But those cities will still be paying the debt on the system they recently purchased and the new 911 tax.

Why? Because the county says so. And because Lakewood and Tacoma make all the decisions for the rest of the county.

I am not against the concept of fire and police being able to speak directly to each other, get the maps and other enhancements. Right now, there are areas with no radio coverage for transit and some cities. Fire and police must relay through the dispatcher.

There is already a foundation in East Pierce County that can reduce the costs countywide if the recently upgraded dispatch center is utilized. Please incorporate the Puyallup dispatch center in the county plan.

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