Commissioners try and figure out how to pay for call center

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Shelby County officials said we need a new 911 center to keep you and your family safe. But county commissioners do not know how they are going to pay for it.

The building would serve as a 911 dispatch and disaster center for the area.

Wednesday, a county committee voted to ask the county mayor to reconsider backing the bonds to fund the center.

The city plans to put up $18 million and County Commissioner Wyatt Bunker wants the county to do its share.

But commissioners said some law enforcement in the suburbs don't want to be part of the combined facility.

"It's in the greater good of the county as a whole to build this building and we just want the county to take another look and see what level we can participate on," Shelby County Commissioner Wyatt Bunker said.

In the past, callers have had trouble getting through to 911 during emergencies because the systems are not merged.

Commissioners plan to get feedback from all local law enforcement before they move forward with anything.

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