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Brooke 911 levy deserves support

When the 911 phone system for handling emergency calls was set up, it appeared an excellent way of funding them had been devised. Users of landline telephones would pay small fees to support 911 service.

Then cellphones became all the rage — and many buyers dropped their landline phones. Significantly less revenue is coming from that source.

Brooke County voters are being asked to approve a property tax levy to ensure their 911 center has adequate funding for personnel and equipment. If approved, the tax would raise about $570,000 during its four-year period.

A major goal is to upgrade communications equipment.

Christina White, director of the county 911 center, has explained that existing equipment is inadequate to handle numerous radio dead zones in the county. New computer equipment also is needed.

Ballots for the June 9 primary election will include the 911 levy question. We encourage Brooke County voters to vote in favor of the measure, to ensure that emergency calls for help are answered as quickly and efficiently as possible in the future.

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