Progress continues on a project to launch Texas County’s new 911 system — approved by voters through a small sales tax — in renovated quarters in downtown Houston.
A committee appointed by the county commission recently decided to house the operation in former quarters that once housed the Texas County Jail and Texas County Sheriff’s Department. The Texas County Commission is taking bids for the work in anticipation of an agreement with the board.
As the effort moves toward a targeted Jan 1 launch date, the commissioners said Thursday that some details in circulation have been incorrect about the folding of the current 911 joint system that includes Texas and Wright counties.
The commission said it wanted to clarify the situation after published reports have surfaced in Wright County and later on a Springfield television station.
Here’s the timeline:
•The joint board comprised of Wright and Texas county commissioners began experiencing a significant decline in landline revenues after users began using more cellular lines instead — which don’t generate 911 revenue.
•Faced with the glum figures as the joint board looked for a solution, Wright County opted to do its own system within its sheriff’s department. Texas County commissioners placed a small sales tax measure on the ballot after that decision because it was clear to them there wasn’t enough revenue from the current landline surtax to sustain a system here.
•Voters agreed and the new board was formed.
Information that Wright County is placing a sales tax issue on the November ballot after Texas County wanted to dissolve the partnership doesn’t accurately portray the situation, the commission said on Thursday. Texas County began its planning because Wright County decided to dissolve the two-county agreement formed in the mid-1990s in order to operate a one-county system in its own sheriff’s department, it said.