Burleigh County voters will decide in June whether to increase the county’s 911 fee from $1 per month to $1.50 per month per assessed communications service.
The county commission recently approved a resolution for a ballot measure relating to the 50-cent increase, which would be used to purchase, lease or construct, as well as operate, a new public safety communications facility.
The fee, which has been $1 since 1994, would continue to be used to maintain and operate the CenCom 911 system, and related systems, to coordinate the dispatching of four law enforcement agencies, eight fire departments, six ambulance agencies and several other governmental services.
CenCom, a partnership between Bismarck, Mandan and Burleigh County, responds to 911 calls, nonemergency calls, fire and security alarms and many other services citizens use to seek public safety assistance.
The current facility has housed the Bismarck/Burleigh Combined Communications Center since 2003, with Mandan joining the operation, thus forming CenCom, in 2016.
According to CenCom Director Mike Dannenfelzer, growth in calls has required increased personnel on duty to respond.