Deschutes County seeks replacement for 911 money

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BEND, Ore. (AP) — Deschutes County voters will be asked to approve a new tax rate to support a 911 dispatch center.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/rks0E8 ) a tax levy that supports the district will expire in June 2013.

The 911 district will lose more than half its local tax revenue when the levy expires.

911 district director Rob Poirier says the county needs to dissolve the district and replace it with a new one with a new rate to increase its permanent tax rate.

Other options that law enforcement and county officials considered were a user fee, which would be paid by local police and fire agencies that use the 911 dispatch services, and another temporary tax levy.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com