The Hermiston City Council unanimously approved Monday merging the city’s emergency dispatch services with Umatilla County.
The city estimated it will save about $350,000 in fiscal year 2014 and 2015, according to a news release. Those savings will come from lower staff costs and the city’s ability to avoid planned equipment upgrades.
City officials say they expect to see savings of nearly $250,000 per year starting in fiscal year 2015 to 2016.
Full consolidation of Hermiston’s dispatch services with Umatilla County is expected to take place by July 1, 2014.
“I think this is what’s best for the City in the long run, and what’s best for customer service for the citizens,” said City Councilor John Kirwan in a statement.
Currently, residents just outside of Hermiston who call 911 on a cell phone have their call answered by the Hermiston dispatch center and then transferred to Umatilla County’s dispatch center, which officials say can cause confusion.
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