PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION
After working with the broader public safety community over the last 6 months and talking with the Governor’s office, we understand the Governor’s office and the Legislature are considering a recommendation to use E911 funds to build the Statewide Interoperable Communications System. The Governor will soon submit his budget recommendations to the Iowa Legislature shortly after they start session on January 11. That recommendation will become the blueprint from which legislators build the state’s budget for the next fiscal year. Knowing this is a consideration; it is crucial for all 150 legislators to hear from the PSAP community. They need to understand our opposition to using the E911 funds to build the statewide system. Please take a few minutes over the next 10 days to reach out to your State Representative and State Senator along with the governor’s office on this important issue.
ASK TO PROTECT E911 FUNDING FOR LOCAL PSAPs
Share YOUR County’s story, explain the importance of E911 funds at the local level and the expense of joining the statewide interoperable communications system
- The only source of funds for local PSAPs is surcharge (E911 funds) and utilization of local property taxes. Using E911 funds for the statewide system would reduce the funds available for local infrastructure needs.
- Local PSAPs and public safety units will need millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades to gain meaningful access to the statewide system once it is operational. The E911 fund can provide grants to supply PSAPs with the appropriate infrastructure, but it cannot provide grants and fund the statewide system at the same time.
- E911 surcharge resources do not come close to covering even half of the cost of a PSAP. Local property taxpayers carry the majority of the costs. Siphoning money from the E911 fund to build a system (that few PSAPs will have meaningful access to if they’re deprived of E911 funds) will only increase the burden on property taxpayers.
- The new statewide system would not allow local PSAPs to page 911 calls—their most essential function. Instead, PSAPs would have to maintain a VHF system as well as upgrade to the statewide system’s capabilities, yet another added cost that—without the aid of the E911 fund—would fall to property taxpayers.
- Note: APCO and NENA remain OPPOSED to using E911 funding to pay for the statewide system.
Thank them for their past support, but encourage
them to protect local PSAP funding.
Call or email your Legislators (and those listed below) today and ask them to protect E911 funds for local PSAPs.
FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS AND THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION HERE:
Please include these members of the governor’s staff in your outreach:
Ted Stopulos Cord Overton
(515) 725-3508 (515) 725-3539
As a member of (APCO/NENA) and serving as the (title of your position for NAME of County) I’m writing to express support for the statewide interoperable communications system. We believe there is value to the system, but we strongly oppose any effort to fund the system with E911 funds. The purpose of these funds is to provide relief to property taxpayers who are otherwise supporting the 911 systems locally.
We understand and appreciate the value that the interoperable system will bring statewide, however, the cost to accessing the system has not been discussed. We estimate there will be a cost of $XXXX to NAME of COUNTY just to access the system. Those are funds above and beyond building the system. Local PSAPs and public safety units will need millions of dollars across the state in infrastructure upgrades to gain meaningful access to system once it is operational. The E911 fund is the appropriate source of funds to ensure local PSAPs will be able to access the statewide system.
Thank you for your consideration of this important issue as the legislative session gets underway. We appreciate your continued support of the work we do in your district. I look forward to working with you on this issue as the session evolves. Please let me know what additional information I can provide on this or other local public safety issues.
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:
Threase Harms Dane Schumann
Contract Lobbyist Contract Lobbyist