The Delaware County Emergency Communications Center is the hub for both city and Delaware County 911 calls. (Photo: Corey Ohlenkamp/Star Press)
The Delaware County Emergency Communications Center is the hub for both city and Delaware County 911 calls. (Photo: Corey Ohlenkamp/Star Press)
MUNCIE — The deadline for the breakup of Delaware County's 911 center is rapidly approaching, but the city and the county are recommending different solutions to the problem: One suggests an extension to the deadline, the other suggests a new tax.

The inter-local agreement, which helped establish a funding structure between the City of Muncie and Delaware County, is set to expire at the end of November.

County officials have been pushing for a deadline extension that would allow them to negotiate with Muncie's next administration, which will be elected Nov. 5 and take office on Jan. 1, 2020.

On Sept. 25, the commissioners sent a letter to the city formally asking them to extend the termination of the 2011 agreement for 60 days until Jan. 30, 2020.

The Delaware County commissioners threatened to end the agreement in 2017 but negotiated with the city before the deadline of December 2017 to continue the pact.

Any chance for an extension was unlikely, as the city said the deadline is coming up too fast.

Muncie City Council meets again Nov. 12, and county council meets Nov. 26. Both dates would be too late to pass legislation amending the agreement without suspending the rules, because typically two meetings are required for legislation to pass through the respective bodies.

The big issue between Muncie and Delaware County is money.

In November 2018, Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler gave notice that he intended to end the longstanding agreement with the county for joint dispatch.
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