Higher 911 fees coming to Henderson taxpayers with water bill

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Henderson leaders want city and county neighbors to pay the same rates for new 911 funding.

Local officials want to move funding off landline telephone bills and on to water bills. Since home phones are largely going away, funding for Henderson dispatch has suffered.

County officials add a disproportionate part of the population, largely an older generation with home phones, are paying for 911 service.

In addition to shifting how the fees are collected, the city and county want to increase the monthly fee to $3.25 across city and county neighbors.

Currently, people pay $2.50 on their landline bills.

In the initial proposal, the county planned to leave the fees at $2.50 and the city wanted to increase fees to $4 every month.

After discussion Tuesday, local leaders agreed to meet in the middle at $3.25 across both city and county.

The city fronts 75 percent of the 911 budget and the county covers 25 percent.

City Commissioner Brad Staton says these changes can save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.    

“It’s something the city sorely needed and is an adjustment to our budget because we have supplemented several hundred thousand dollars because of our 75 percent commitment.”

Henderson City Commission and Fiscal Court plan to vote on the proposal in the next few weeks.

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This story was originally published on July 23, 2019

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