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CCE 911 approves 2018 budget

By: Jim Erickson

The Central County Emergency 911 [CCE] dispatch center in Ellisville anticipates total revenues of nearly $7.91 million in 2018 and expenditures of some $7.85 million, enabling the agency to add a small amount to its fund reserves by year-end.

Both the revenues and expenditures represent increases over projected 2017 year-end budget figures.

Most of CCE’s revenues come from a property tax levied for dispatching needs by the fire and emergency medical providers that either own or use CCE’s services. Revenues are up due primarily to increases in the assessed valuation of real estate and personal property throughout much of the areas those providers serve.

Long-term capital outlays of $878,000 are the major factor in CCE’s projected higher expenditures in 2018. Included are $278,000 for anticipated improvements in the center’s computer-aided dispatch equipment and $310,000 for upgraded voice-over-Internet-protocol [VOIP] communications service.

CCE supplies dispatch services to 33 districts, city-owned departments and a hospital ambulance provider that respond to fire and emergency medical calls from most of St. Louis County and portions of adjoining counties.

Five fire protection districts – Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Metro West, Monarch and West County – have an ownership stake in CCE while the 28 other agencies use its services under contract.

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