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File #: 19-0865    Version: 1 Name: RES in support of 911 Surcharge
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/23/2019 In control: Board of Mayor & Aldermen
On agenda: 11/26/2019 Final action: 11/26/2019
Title: Consideration of Resolution 2019-120, A Resolution In Support Of A 911 Surcharge Rate Restoration And Requesting Support Of The Tennessee General Assembly. (WS 11/12/19)
Sponsors: Eric Stuckey
Attachments: 1. 2019-120 RES Support Of A 911 Surcharge Rate Restoration_ Request Support Of Tennessee General Assembly.Law Approved.pdf
DATE: October 29, 2019

TO: Board of Mayor and Aldermen

FROM: Eric Stuckey, City Administrator

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Consideration of Resolution 2019-120, A Resolution In Support Of A 911 Surcharge Rate Restoration And Requesting Support Of The Tennessee General Assembly. (WS 11/12/19)
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Purpose
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information to the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) concerning the proposed Resolution recommending support to restore the 9-1-1 surcharge to the previously approved $1.50 rate.

Background
Currently, the 911 surcharge rate is set at $1.16 statewide for all devices capable of calling 911. Two cents of the $1.16 rate is reserved to fund the Telecommunications Devices Access Program, providing devices to the speech- or hearing-impaired, with the remaining $1.14 being returned to the Districts. This would remain in place with any proposed increase.
In 2012, Williamson County residents elected to increase monthly 9-1-1 surcharge rates for residential landlines to $1.50 and business landlines to $3.00, yielding an additional $370,000 in 2013. This increase was reversed when Tennessee passed the Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014, approving an average of funds collected between 2010 and 2012. Without an increase in 9-1-1 funding since 2010, Districts across Tennessee are falling into negative budgets which can result in intervention by the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board (TECB) after three consecutive years.
The proposed Resolution recommending support to restore the 9-1-1 surcharge to the previously approved $1.50 rate, as elected by Williamson County voters in 2012. A statement from the City of Franklin encouraging legislative support will provide important guidance to our representatives at the Capitol.

The Williamson County Emergency Communications District Board unanimously approved a similar resolution at their May 21, 2019 meeting, supporting rate restoration. The Will...

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