State threatens to cut funds from Lawrence Co. 911 budget

State threatens to cut funds from Lawrence Co. 911 budget

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board could pull more than $200,000 from the Emergency Communications District of Lawrence County if the city of Lawrenceburg chooses to reduce its own funding for 911 services.

The board sent a letter to the Lawrenceburg Mayor and Lawrence County Executive last month warning of the cuts.

“It’s one call, one service,” said Lawrenceburg Mayor Blake Lay.

More than 20 years ago Lawrence County and Lawrenceburg officials merged emergency communications, splitting costs 50/50, then the state matched that amount.

“There are more phone calls dispatched for the city than the county,” said Lawrence County Executive T.R. Williams.

What worked then is now costing the city even more per person.

The city currently pays $240,000. The county pays the same amount. Lay said that deal leaves city residents paying the same price tag twice.

“We work on projects all the time together, this just happens to be an issue that has to be sorted through to figure an equitable way,” said Lay.

Both officials said they’re working on a new deal that looks more like a fee, like you pay for garbage or water, hoping to find a solution before the state cuts funds.

“We’re committed to not let that happen,” said Williams.

“Again, we are all Lawrence County,” said Lay.

The Emergency Communication Board sent News4 a statement saying: