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Eaton County voters will decide on a 9-1-1 surcharge ballot proposal Tuesday.

If passed, a surcharge of up to $1.75 would be assessed on all devices subscribed to an Eaton County address which are capable of placing a call to 911.

According to Eaton County’s website, the county operates on eight different radio systems, which causes lapses in communication. Additionally, the technology is outdated and experiencing failures.

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Ingham County’s new consolidated 911 dispatch center is set to open Wednesday.  Its start comes after a brief court-ordered delay at the request of the dispatchers.

Dispatchers had asked an Ingham County judge to block the county center’s opening because they felt their training had been inadequate.  The new center uses a telephone touch screen system that displays information about county emergency units and assets.  The dispatchers had been trained in Livingston County, and said that information did not give an accurate picture of their duties.