Council approves plan to fix 911 service rate issue

Council approves plan to fix 911 service rate issue

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Batesville City Council approved a plan Tuesday evening to fix the city's 911 service rate issue.

Independence County Judge Robert Griffin proposed a plan that would take Batesville's 911 workers and transition them to work for the county.

Judge Griffin proposed this plan to the full quorum court and the law enforcement committee earlier in April.

He hopes this plan will end the disagreement between the county and city of Batesville over dispatch pay.

He plans to move the dispatch center into the sheriff's department Criminal Investigation Division building and the city would pay around $63,000 for their service.

Griffin said the proposal will save the city $35,000 and the county $70,000.

The dispatch workers would be under the Office of Emergency Management and they would cover service for the entire county, instead of individual cities.

Judge Griffin said the transition process should take three to four months and they plan to "take it slow" so they can get it right and even make improvements to the system.

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