Our citizens need to be aware that we are fighting in Lansing for a continued operation of our critical 911 emergency service.
Currently, the county board of commissioners—elected by the people of Lapeer County—sets the fees on telephones to help maintain 911 operations that meet the needs of our county. Large telephone companies such as AT & T and Verizon have backed a plan to take away your oversight of this local fee and make it a new state fee set by the legislature.
Estimates indicated that 78 percent of the state's population would see an increase in what they pay to go along with increased state bureaucracy and lack of local oversight. Who knows if our county would get its fair share of any statewide fee back from Lansing?
Please contact Senator Jud Gilbert and Representative John Stahl and urge them to keep our county 911 operations and funding in the hands of our locally elected county board where it belongs by extending the sunset on 911 legislation.
Victor A. Martin, Director, Lapeer County Central Dipatch E-911
September 10, 2008