Voters go to the polls April 8 to decide whether 911 will continue to operate in Texas County as a central dispatch center.

Currently supported by a 15 percent surtax on landline telephone bills, the system’s method of funding would convert to a three-eighths of a cent sales tax. Officials say revenue has dwindled since more people drop their landlines for cellular telephones. The landline fee would be dropped, and the system would operate for Texas County residents only. Wright County would no longer participate.

In January, 1,277 of its calls were from cell phones. Only 463 came from landlines. There were 708 calls from Texas County residents.

So how many calls does the Wri-Tex office on the Texas County Memorial Hospital campus handle? In January, the calls ranged from ambulance calls (490) to fire calls (133) to law enforcement calls (427). Another 144 were calls for First Responders/Rescue calls. 

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