City, county announce transition dates for Public Safety Joint Communications

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 7:43 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —The city and Boone County have released a pair of dates for transitioning operations of Public Safety Joint Communications from the city to the county.

Starting Jan. 1, 2014, the county will start fully funding Public Safety Joint Communications operations. City budget officer Laura Peveler said Columbia paid about $2.5 million for Public Safety Joint Communications in 2012.

In addition, Public Safety Joint Communications employees now working for the city will become county employees on Jan. 1, 2015. The department currently employs 30 people, and Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway said the county recently approved several new dispatcher positions. More positions will be added once Public Safety Joint Communications moves into its new building, Galloway said.

The three-eighths-cent 911 sales tax voters approved in April, which will be used to overhaul emergency management services in the county, will take effect Oct. 1. The tax increase means a $10 purchase made in Boone County will be taxed 3.75 cents more, according to previous Missourian reporting.

The sales tax is expected to generate an estimated $9.3 million a year for Public Safety Joint Communications and the Office of Emergency Management.

"I look forward to seeing 911 services expanded quickly and in a way that works for the long term," City Manager Mike Matthes said in a city and county joint press release.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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