By Lorri Ooley
The upcoming General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, will address the issue of funding for the Sierra County Regional Dispatch Authority (SCRDA) – the area’s emergency 911 service.
Presently, SCRDA relies upon local monies gathered from respective entities within the county, as well as state and federal grant monies. However, the funding situation has continued to decline to the point of despair.
SCRDA offers dispatching support for law enforcement throughout the county and its municipalities, fire, EMT, air-ambulance, animal control and the area’s three State Parks.
Currently, if SCRDA were to turn off its lights and close the door, there would be nothing in place to cover the services it provides the community. As SCRDA plays a vital role in supporting the needs of local residents as well as those visiting the area by serving as the logistical dispatching arm for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, there is no possible way to foresee the amount of strain each branch of service will incur if this were to happen.
On Monday, Oct. 20, SCRDA Administrator Barbara Schalkofski expressed the explicit need for the upcoming vote for a one-quarter of one percent Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) increase. Schalkofski graciously provided time to The Herald to address concerns of where the tax monies would go, and what the future holds for SCRDA if the voters do not support this GRT increase.
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