By Bob Simmons
With the decision by the Lincoln County Commissioners not to place a proposed sales tax for 911 dispatching last May, the return of the checks were sent within days of the decision.
The decision was made May 22. County Clerk Crystal Hall said the distribution of checks to the political entities went out through certified mal on May 30.
The commissioners had agreed to run the issue, which was recommended by the 911 advisory board, provided that all supported the measure. They asked those entities to contribute to a fund which would finance efforts to educate the public on the issue and need.,
By the May 15 deadline they had not received all documented information.
911 dispatch funding is currently supported with a telephone tax on land lines and user fees paid by participating entities including police, fire, ambulance. With no legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly, the county explored the sales tax path. There has been a steep decline in people having land lines.