Missaukee mulls implementation of 911 surcharge

March 16, 2017

By John Raffel

The Missaukee County Board of Commissioners listened during their finance committee meeting on March 9 to a presentation by county administrator Precia Garland on the possibility of a county 911 surcharge.

Garland told commissioners Missaukee is only one of two counties across the state, which is currently not utilizing either a 911 telephone surcharge or a special millage to aid its 911 emergency dispatch operations.

She told commissioners that in addition to normal 911 operations, the county needs to maintain and upgrade necessary technology so emergency calls can be received and assistance can be dispatched as quickly as possible

Commissioners were also informed about Michigan PA 32 of 1986, which permits commissioners to assess a 911 surcharge in their county of 42 cents per month to service users in the county.

Garland estimated the surcharge could raise about $58,400 in revenue yearly.

The proposed resolution, which the county ended up approving, was to implement the monthly surcharge on all phone service users in Missaukee County, starting on July 1 of this year.

Commissioners also reviewed with Garland the county’s 401a and 457b retirement plans administrator services and wanted to know more about the termination fee charged by the current plan administrator if there is early termination.

They were told the amount is currently at $52,79.19 and would be $3,519.46 if the change was done after July 1, 2017 and completely eliminated on July 1, 2019.

Garland also reported to the committee there’s an emergency housing project being presented by the CDBG Housing Committee. An applicant qualified for assistance based on income and the committee approved a home inspection. Bids were received for multiple window replacements, roof repair and replacement/proper venting of the furnace and water heater. The committee recommended to award a bid to T.D. Baxter, a licensed contractor.

The building and grounds committee received four bids for the Human Services Building Reroof project and recommended awarding the bid to Kawkawlin Roofing for $48,568. It was the lowest bid received, the committee said.

Garland also told commissioners Consumer’s Energy presented a notice it would no longer provide address assignment services to county residents and businesses, effective this spring.

She added the equalization department is developing a procedure for providing this service.

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