White House Mayor Michael Arnold came to the county commissioners meeting Aug. 19 for the first time ever to discuss the payment of 911 fees by the cities within Robertson County.
Arnold brought it to the commissioners’ attention that only White House, Springfield and the county were paying for 911 services despite all cities in the county benefiting from the service. In addition, the fees have steadily increased over the past few years instead of decreasing like they were told it would.
Gerald Herman, city administrator of White House, said their city had studies done both by the County Technical Assistance Service and Municipal Technical Advisory Service to analyze the cost of the 911 service.
According to a breakdown on projected dispatch totals for the fiscal year 2019-20, Robertson County would pay 62.5 percent, Springfield would pay 21.8 percent, and White House would pay 15.7 percent. Instead, White House officials are suggesting each city pay based on their calls for service.
Robertson County 911 Director Hope Petersen says the county, Springfield and White House entered a contract in 2014, which was meant to cover all dispatch services. Increases to the 911 fees would come from an increase in calls for services.
The contract between the county and cities is renewed on a yearly basis. Any changes would be determined at the time of the renewal.
“Our contract is signed by the district and then also signed by county officials, the county mayor and also the city of Springfield and the city of White House,” Petersen said.
Bruce Dean, the chairman of the Robertson County 911 Board, said the issue has been brought up in passing in the last two meetings. At this time, the 911 board has no authority to change the contract, but they are aware of the possible need for revisions.