The E-911 ballot measure to be voted on Tuesday, proposes a fiscally independent E-911 Center. The current system is operated under a 1/4 cent sales tax and is being subsidized with money from the Cooper County General Revenue Fund, which includes specifically the Law Enforcement Center and Emergency Operations Agency funds.

BOONVILLE–The E-911 ballot measure to be voted on Tuesday, proposes a fiscally independent E-911 Center. The current system is operated under a 1/4 cent sales tax and is being subsidized with money from the Cooper County General Revenue Fund, which includes specifically the Law Enforcement Center and Emergency Operations Agency funds.
According to the Cooper County Fiscal Budget, in 2014 the current 1/4 cent sales tax collected $455,049.81 for the E-911 center while the sheriff’s office transferred an additional $75,000 to E-911 (out of Law Enforcement Center Fund). This year, the sheriff’s office has transferred $35,000 (Law Enforcement Center Fund) to the E-911 center. Other revenue income of $758.18 was garnered from interest. Total revenue for 2014 was $530,882.99 and the estimated total revenue for 2015 is $485,750.
Total E-911 expenditures for 2014 was $493,800.37 (only from E-911 operations) while the number for 2015 is approved at $549,591.
Currently, the E-911 and EMA are combined entities, therefore some operating and salary costs are shared.
The total potential E-911 expenditures included in the EMA fund equal $203,956.28, which include the director ($52,009.44), assistant director ($36,759.84) salaries. This also covers the directors employee benefits, communication equipment and repairs as well.
The Cooper County Commission estimates the real expenses at $649,591. These expenses include all salaries and benefits for the E-911 Center.
On December 31, 2014, there was a $399,001.04 reserve fund available for the E-911. According to officials, based on the 2015 projections the year-end number will be lower.
The idea of the 3/8 cent sales tax is to have a fully funded E-911 center. According to current projections, there could be $700,000 collected from the 3/8 cent sales tax.
While the former director oversaw both E-911 and EMA, if the sales tax passes, the elected board will decide how much they will pay the new director.
For a full review of the fiscal budget, visit boonvilledailynews.com