Bullitt County fiscal court triples 911 fee
Bullitt County residents are paying more to help pay for upgrades to the E-911 system.
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Bullitt County residents are paying more to help pay for upgrades to the E-911 system.
In June, Bullitt Fiscal Court voted to create a flat, yearly fee of $36 to help pay for funding and new equipment for 911 systems in Bullitt County.
According to Bullitt Fiscal Court Chief Financial Officer Keith Griffee, the county has had a similar fee since the early 1990s.
“It was $1,“ Griffee said in an interview Thursday. “We never changed it, never updated it, never did anything with it.”
Instead of $1 a month, fiscal court is now imposing a flat, yearly fee of $36 for 911.
“This is the easiest way to do it,” Griffee said. “The fairest way to do it.”
For the last fiscal year, the previous fee of $1 per month only netted a total of around $250,000. According to Griffee, this new fee will increase that number to between $800,000 and $1.2 million.
Previously, the fee was only applied to every land line in the county. However, with more and more people abandoning landlines, the solution the fiscal court found was to assess the fee on every property owner.
“We couldn't afford it with the landlines, especially because we saw a decrease every year,” Griffee said.
Part of the issue, he says, is that the E-911 needs a number of upgrades due to Bullitt County’s booming population.
“We have to upgrade our systems, our radios, our towers,” he said. “Everything has to be upgraded. It's a federal mandate.”
Right now, there are around 78,000 people living in Bullitt.
“In the next four years, we'll probably have 100,000,” Griffee said. “In the next 15 years after that, probably 140,000 or 150,000 people."
The fee will be added to your property tax bill.
“We can’t live on what we did 15 years ago. It's just not possible."
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