Chippewa County
Wisconsin

Resolution
15 - 14

Resolution to Support State Funding for Emergency 911 Services for County Designated Public Answering Points

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Department:Corporation Counsel DivisionSponsors:
Category:Budget

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Financial Impact

There is no financial impact by passage of this resolution. However, should the state legislature and governor take action consistent with this resolution, there will be a positive impact to Chippewa County in the form of funding for 911 services.

ORD/RES Printout

 

              WHEREAS, 911 emergency dispatch services are among the most vital services that counties provide and Wisconsin residents expect the same level of excellent service throughout the state, regardless of where their emergency occurs; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2003 the State of Wisconsin established a fee on all wireless phones to fund grants to counties to pay for enhanced 911 services, such as wireless call-locating software and equipment; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2009 the enhanced 911 grant program expired and, in its place, the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) and the state’s telecommunications providers advocated establishing a permanent grant program to fund equipment purchases and training for employees of county-designated Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), to be funded with a monthly fee of up to $0.75 (75-cents) on all devices capable of dialing 911; and

 

WHEREAS, instead of funding grants to county Public Safety Answering Points, in 2009, the Wisconsin Legislature and the Governor redesignated the funding as a 75-cent monthly Police and Fire Protection Fee for all such devices and directed the revenue from the fee to fund the county and municipal aid (shared revenue) account to meet other state financial obligations; and

 

WHEREAS, without the intended 911 state funding, counties must rely almost entirely on property taxes to pay for equipment, training, and consolidation of municipal and county 911 services leaving many counties unable to upgrade needed equipment to receive texts, video, and still photographs, to provide needed training to 911 system operators, and to foster further consolidation of services; and

 

WHEREAS, eliminating the Police and Fire Protection Fee and restoring the funding for 911 without replacing the lost revenue would result in a roughly $50 million annual reduction in shared revenue payments to municipalities and counties; and

 

WHEREAS, under current law each county must individually contract with a telecommunications provider for telephone lines running into each county 911 center and counties must depend on a maximum 40-cent monthly fee on only landline telephones to pay telecommunications providers for the cost of this service; and

 

WHEREAS, revenues from the 40 cent landline fee are declining due to the increased use of cellular telephones and the fee is often insufficient to cover the cost of these services, thereby requiring any difference to be paid for with property taxes;

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Supervisors hereby urges the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor to support legislation and state budget action that accomplishes all of the following goals:

 

·              Fully funds the County and Municipal Aid Program (shared revenue) with state General Purpose Revenue, rather than the Police and Fire Protection Fee; and

·              Establishes a technology-neutral fee on all cell phones, landline phones, and other devices capable of dialing 911; and

·              Uses the revenue from this fee to fund a grant program to pay for equipment purchases and training for one Public Safety Answering Point (911 center) per county, as designated by the county board of each county, and to develop financial incentives to encourage consolidation of 911 services; and

·              Provides a sustainable source of funding for costs associated with providing all telephone lines (landline and cellular) into county Public Safety Answering Points.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the WCA Board of Directors for consideration at the WCA Annual Business Meeting and to Governor Scott Walker, State Senator Terry Moulton, State Representative Thomas Larson, and State Representative Kathy Bernier to urge them to restore the funding for this vital public safety service.

 

Forwarded to the County Board by the Executive Committee

Meeting History

Aug 5, 2014 4:00 PM  Executive Committee Regular Meeting
RESULT:FORWARD TO COUNTY BOARD [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Anson Albarado, District 8
SECONDER:Jared Zwiefelhofer, District 4
AYES:Paul Michels, Henry Shakal, Jared Zwiefelhofer, Anson Albarado, Mike Leisz
Aug 12, 2014 6:00 PM  County Board Regular Meeting

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Supervisors hereby urges the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor to support legislation and state budget action that accomplishes all of the following goals:

· Fully funds the County and Municipal Aid Program (shared revenue) with state General Purpose Revenue, rather than the Police and Fire Protection Fee; and

· Establishes a technology-neutral fee on all cell phones, landline phones, and other devices capable of dialing 911; and

· Uses the revenue from this fee to fund a grant program to pay for equipment purchases and training for one Public Safety Answering Point (911 center) per county, as designated by the county board of each county, and to develop financial incentives to encourage consolidation of 911 services; and

· Provides a sustainable source of funding for costs associated with providing all telephone lines (landline and cellular) into county Public Safety Answering Points.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the WCA Board of Directors for consideration at the WCA Annual Business Meeting and to Governor Scott Walker, State Senator Terry Moulton, State Representative Thomas Larson, and State Representative Kathy Bernier to urge them to restore the funding for this vital public safety service.

Forwarded to the County Board by the Executive Committee

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Florian Skwierczynski, District 11
SECONDER:Glen Sikorski, District 2
AYES:Paul Michels, Henry Shakal, Bill Stimeling, Glen Sikorski, Jared Zwiefelhofer, Lee Mcllquham, Michael A. Goettl, Anson Albarado, Lawrence J. Willkom, Florian Skwierczynski, Doug Ellis, Mike Leisz, Leigh Darrow
ABSENT:Steve Gerrish, Brittani Zammit