Dunwoody city officials stopped short of making a decision on who will handle its 911 police calls at a regular council meeting Feb. 28.
The reason for the delay: money.
New questions arose at the meeting about how much the city would receive in 911 fees if it broke from DeKalb County and joined ChatComm, a joint dispatch service serving Sandy Springs and Johns Creek.
Specifically, telephone companies have the right to charge a fee on each telephone line from which it collects emergency dispatch fees. The fee could reduce the revenue projected to flow into Dunwoody.
Right now that figure is pegged between $900,000 and more than $1 million.
Councilman Danny Ross brought a presentation to the council that brought the current revenue projection into question.
Ross also raised a question about what DeKalb County could charge for fire and emergency dispatch if the city contracted with ChatComm for emergency police calls.
Currently, the city relies on DeKalb County for all emergency dispatching. DeKalb County collects the 911 fees and charges the city nothing.
Before Ross’ presentation, the majority on the council had spoken in favor of contracting with ChatComm.
– Jason Massad