Costs for dispatch centers weighed; Key question is how to pay for joint services

County officials don’t want to raise residents’ taxes to pay for a new emergency dispatch center, but some local communities don’t know how they will pay for the costs without a tax increase.

The county is required to consolidate its five emergency dispatch centers into one by the end of 2014 and wants all communities to share in those costs, but emergency officials say communities that do not have dispatch services now, such as Bargersville, will have trouble paying their part.

The Johnson County 911 board previously considered building a center or remodeling an existing building, but the county has decided to put the consolidated dispatch center in the basement of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, where the county and Franklin dispatch centers already are located.

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