New Commission Approved 911 Contract Will Lower Fees for Cape Girardeau County

Cape Girardeau County’s current phone bill will be nearly cut in half starting next month. City officials say their bill probably going to go from 11 grand every month down to about five or six. Members of the Cape Girardeau County Commission gave their approval to a new three-year 911 telephone service contract with AT&T at their most recent commission meeting. This new contract gets rid of some lines and services that became unnecessary after county officials and Jackson City officials consolidated their 911 emergency dispatch centers at an earlier point in the year. This new approved contract has n 88% savings in trunk line expenses included in it, that will go from nearly t $5,000 to $578 a month. This is a savings of over $53,000 a year in line fees alone. Officials say, originally, the 911 trunk lines came to the county and then were distributed to the City of Jackson and the City of Cape Girardeau and now they’ve consolidated dispatches inside the city of Jackson and the county, so over the past few months, they’ve been diligently working alongside AT&T to try to figure out which lines we needed and which ones they don’t and they’re at the point now they can eliminate those lines.

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