Many Ralls County residents made clear Tuesday night they'd rather pay higher taxes to keep their 911 center in the county.
The Ralls County Emergency Services Board of Directors voted July 15 to cease all operations at the 9-1-1 center in New London and layoff the remaining staff until a long-range plan addressing a number of internal operational, training, and management issues could be resolved.
This layoff affected five full-time and five part-time employees.
Marion County 911 has been providing emergency dispatch services ever since.
911 board member Lowell Jackson says the county has two options for what to do with the 911 center.
He says they can continue to outsource services to Marion County or raise the county sales tax in Ralls from the current half-cent to 7/8 of a cent to provide enough revenue to pay for the 911 center.
If the county wants to put the issue on the November ballot, it has two get that filed by August 27.
Jackson expects the Ralls County 911 center to reopen in the next 18 months.
Until then, Ralls will be on a month-to month contract with Marion County.
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