It's going to cost $9,350 more than originally planned, but Utah County's enhanced 911 system will be in place by next April - seven months ahead of schedule.
The Utah County Council of Governments on Thursday approved the accelerated schedule, which will cost an extra 11 cents per phone line in the county. A 50-cent monthly surcharge was tacked onto residential phone lines last fall to finance start-up costs.The 11 cents is a one-time charge.
The $9,350 and another $171,500 being spent to gather information needed to implement the E911 system, however, could be reimbursed if the Public Service Commission accepts a US WEST proposal to extend E911 service statewide. COG, composed of mayors from county cities, passed a motion earlier this year supporting US WEST's proposal.
Once operational, the E911 emergency service will use computers to tell dispatchers a caller's address and phone number as soon an emergency call is answered.