rural 9-1-1 centers are struggling to make ends meet. But a new bill
in Illinois could help that.
call centers get their money from a surcharge.
one for a landline and one for a cell phone you pay each month.
more people are dropping their landlines and it is costing the
centers. The surcharge for a landline is significantly more than a
house bill would propose to raise the cell phone surcharge from 73
cents to a dollar. Piatt county 9-1-1 director Jim Cripe says they
need the help.
down to the point now, there's no more cutting," Cripe says.
"There's nothing more to cut."
office is already running at a deficit. He says they need more money
coming in to stay open.