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Data on how much Lake County 911 consolidation will cost coming in

Updated: May 29, 2013 7:45AM



The new consultant hired by Lake County Commissioners to determine just how much the consolidated E-911 will cost expects to have preliminary data by July.

Cender & Co. LLC was retained by commissioners April 17 to conduct the forensic analysis of the project needed to determine how much the project will cost and how much each participating entity will have to contribute from their levies. The reports will include data recently provided by the Department of Local Government Finance concerning how much of each community’s levy is designated for 911 services.

Steve Dalton from Cender, who will be taking the lead on the project, told the Lake County Public Safety Communications Commission Thursday the company will draw its information from a variety of data, some of which has already been collected, to create a two phase report.

“We have the surveys that were conducted 18 months ago. Data collection will begin immediately,” Dalton said, adding some of the data collection will be conducted face to face with clerk-treasurers from the various communities.

Among the data to be collected in Phase I will be a three-year history of the costs to operate each existing public safety answering point and a three-year history of the revenues used to fund the operation. The report will also determine the remaining dispatch-related costs for each participating unit and identify funding sources.

The financial portion of the Phase I report will be complete by July 12. Phase II will identify the projected costs to operate and maintain the consolidated dispatch and also will create a proposed three-year budget for the project. The Phase II report will be complete by June 27, 2014.

Dalton said while the reports will be fully complete by those dates, information will be available throughout the process that will enable the E-911 panel and county officials to proceed with the interlocal agreement. County officials want the interlocal to include financial details before its approval.



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