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 2014-15, according to a news release. The 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 almost $250,000 a year starting next year.
Currently, residents just outside of Hermiston who call 911 on a cellphone have their call answered by the Hermiston dispatch center and then are transferred to Umatilla County's dispatch center, which officials say can cause confusion.