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Are Residents Paying Twice For 911?

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In Vigo County all emergency personnel are sent on runs from one central location regardless of what the emergency is.

All 911 calls go to that same central location.

Just about everyone agrees it eliminates duplication of services and more quickly gets the right emergency responder to the scene.

The city and county share in the operating cost but so far this year officials say that the City of Terre Haute has not paid its share for 2014 which amounts to over $600,000.

There is a similar system in Kokomo and there have been concerns that about double taxation since city residents are also county residents.

Are they paying twice?

County officials say no because they cut county taxes on city residents to compensate for that.

There are dire warnings that the center can’t operate much longer without the city’s money and veiled threats of legal action.

City and county officials will meet this week to try to work out the problem.

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