I agree Doug. People hid from the issue rather than working on the best, most cost-effective method of delivering consolidated service.
What St. John really wants is to pay into the center based on the number of calls it handles. That is parochial and divisive. Everyone should share in the cost of the equipment. Rich James
People should share in a reasonable cost. This consolidation should mean savings -- signficant savings -- for all communities in Lake County. But the way it's drawn up now, that won't happen. That needs to change.
You are both right, Doug and Marc, that folks messed around for too long and now are moving because as deadline is looming. Rich James
Eric, if the cost came down, I believe you would hear far less balking from St. John and others.
Hey taxpayer. You can get out of whatever you dislike by voting. Rich James
I understand that Getinformed. I could understand an initial higher expenditure for those purposes. What I don't understand -- and what is inconceivable -- is a cost $4million per year higher under one center than 17.
The money thing needs to be addressed at greater length in public forums. Everyone thinks the early number are cast in stone. They aren't. Rich James
That extra cost doesn't go away under the current model. It likely only goes up.
I agree, Rich. They do need to address it. And they need to stop wasting money on extra consultants and assistants to manage a facility that isn't even there yet.
Hey, taxpayer. I think you are drinkiing too much tea. By the way, this consolidation is brought to you by downstate Republicans who control the legislature. Rich James
Fed Up makes a good point there, too. Our cities and towns don't exactly play nice with each other. I see some trouble on the horizon for the interlocal agreement. Especially when some estimates show it could be cheaper to take the state's penalty of missing the deadline than paying for the E-911 consolidation under the current proposals.
I do have a question as to what happens if St. John and the other isolationists refuse to go along with one system. I heard the state attorney general could force it to happen. Rich James
I think we're looking at a collective $2.6 million in state funding that could be pulled if Lake missed the deadline.