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City Council Shows Support For Sustainable 911 Funding

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 210

galesburgConsumer preferences are changing, but the way 911 and emergency services is funded has not.

That’s why the Galesburg City Council this week passed a resolution unanimously in support of a fair and sustainable tax for the service.

911 in both Galesburg and Knox County has considered bringing their phone board up to industry standards, but the service will cost around $500-thousand to complete the work.

In addition, revenue generated to operate the service has been declining with increased use of mobile phones. Police Chief David Christensen says this is an important issue.

“This isn’t just for Knox County, this is a very important issue throughout the state of Illinois we are not at all alone in this issue, so virtually every county in the state is struggling to make ends meet when it comes to 911,” says Christensen.

The current method for funding 911 was established in the late 1980′s, but a referendum was passed in Galesburg increasing the surcharge to combat the declines.

Knox County attempted to pass a tax to fund the service, but the measure was voted down during the March primary election.

The City Council approved the resolution which hopes to encourage the state of Illinois to take action leading to better funding of the service.