Combined Communications: Upgrade 911 Call Center With Tax Windfall Money

By Maureen Mespell

May 15, 2012 Updated May 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Still no decision on how the other part of the city's $8 million from the tax windfall will be spent.

$5 million will go to improve streets and remove the Emerald Ash Borer.

Members of the Consolidated Communications Partnership (CCP) say they would like to see the city's remaining $3 million go toward the 911 call center's upgrades.

CCP members say the current system is out of date and replacement parts are no longer available.

New radio equipment, software, and GPS will cost between $15 and $20 million dollars.

County Council has $4.5 million dollars from the tax windfall which members say could contribute to the upgrade.

No decisions yet on how to pay for the project, but ccp members say the upgrade would help to better assist officers.

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