Bond County 911 Among Many Agencies Awaiting State Funding

The wait continues for 911 programs in Illinois to receive land line surcharge money. The State of Illinois has not approved a budget for this fiscal year, so those funds are being held up.

Bond County 911 Coordinator Allan Davis said relief was almost received recently from the state.

He said House Bill 4305 was approved, but a motion was immediately filed to reconsider the bill, which put things on hold. Davis said the bill would have freed up some “pass through” funds that would benefit the local 911 program.

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At this time, telephone companies still forward the wireless surcharge payments directly to the county 911 programs. It is hoped a state bill to release the 911 land line pass-through money is passed before the new year, because then a major change will have a big affect on all 911 programs, according to Davis.

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During the recent meeting of the 911 Emergency Telephone Service Board, it was decided to recommend to the Bond County Board that Callie Durburow and Chris Wagner be reappointed to the 911 board.