In addition to not having a state budget after the end of the general session, 911 centers across the state also are wondering where their funding will come from after July 1st. Current funding for 911 centers will cease at the end of June, and Senate Bill 1839, which would provide that funding, is now sitting on Governor Rauner’s desk.
Shelby County Undersheriff Robert McCall says although all 911 centers won’t necessarily shut down on July 1st, they won’t be required to stay open either.
Part of the bill includes a 911 surchage fee increase to $1.50, up from $0.87. McCall says it’s important to note that although Shelby County gets a brand new 911 system starting in July, it’s important to look at the bigger picture when taking the surchage increase into consideration.
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police are calling on the governor to sign the legislation to fund 911 centers.