Re: “911 tax to go to voters” (TNT, 7-27).
Having spent more than 11 years writing Enhanced 911 standards with the National Emergency Number Association, I am a champion of good E 911 service and believe in keeping ahead of the curve. But I do have a couple of issues with the new proposal based on The News Tribune article.
I would be interested in knowing what the projected yearly dollars are for the new tax plus how much money the new consolidated centers will receive from the 911 tax that the state has in place now.
It seems to me, at first blush with no other information, this is going to be a larger-than-needed windfall, to upgrade and then maintain the centers over time. Once the centers are in place, the dollars needed should be significantly reduced.
How much is this upgrade going to cost? We, as voters have not been told. Is this in line with other state-of-the-art center costs? Until the voters have the facts, how can they make an educated decision about their vote?
It seems to me that it would have made more sense to float a bond to cover the upgrade instead of a tax that lasts 25 years. When I was working on standards, there was little regard for cost because our committees were just dealing with the issues. Consequently I do not have a lot of experience with costs, but this seems excessive to me.