HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Henderson County is working to switch its 911 funding from phone lines to water lines.
County leaders said they can’t afford it any other way.
Going back 20 or 30 years, everyone had a landline telephone, so it made sense to attach a county-wide fee to phone bills.
Today, landlines are almost extinct and so is a big part of 911 funding.
That’s why the Henderson Fiscal Court is considering a change to the way neighbors pay their part.
They plan to attach the monthly $2.50 fee to water bills.
They’re still in early planning, but the fiscal court hopes to vote on these changes in the coming months.
The city commission is making similar changes, but they plan to bump up the monthly fee to $4.
The county doesn’t expect to go that far.
County neighbors only pay a portion of the annual 911 budget.
The county adds a subsidy from its general fund every year.
This change will help defer some of the cost off of the county.
Despite all that, the city’s share of the 911 budget is still much larger: about 75%.
This story was originally published on July 12, 2019