911 dispatch centers unhappy with plan to move funds

By WEEK Reporter

March 9, 2014 Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 10:45 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Local 911 dispatch workers are unhappy with a plan that could send their funding to another emergency response service.

Currently, 911 services receive funding from a fee included on cell phone bills.

An Illinois House committee has approved a measure that would move a portion of those fees to fund the state's poison control center.

The poison control center is currently facing a financial crisis and will close on June 30 if it can't find the money.

However, the 911 officials say the funding belongs to them.

"They should be getting their funding from another location, another area and leave 911 alone to do what we're doing and allow us to have that money to be able to continue to improve technology to provide the services that the public expects," said Peoria emergency communications center manager David Tuttle.

Tuttle said the lost funding could potentially result in some centers having to close their doors.

The measure now heads to the House floor for debate.