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Robertson County 911 Dispatch Center Battle

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by Janet Kim

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. - The City of Springfield and Robertson County currently have a consolidated 911 Emergency Dispatch center, but city leaders said they've taken on too much of the burden.

It's not unusual for counties and cities to share services, but in Robertson County and Springfield it's 911 dispatch services, but Springfield city leaders said they're paying more than their fair share.

"Well, the very simple issue is that the city of Springfield has been subsidizing the county dispatch we uh have about 25 % of the calls we have been paying about 42 % of the bill," said Springfield City Manager Paul Nutting.

City leaders said they are giving the county until July 1 to pay up or part ways.

"Our board has said look if we don't get this thing resolved we're just going to back to the way the original setup was intended to be, we'll have Springfield dispatchers on one side and county dispatchers on the other, and everybody just work for their separate organizations," explained Nutting.

Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley agreed Springfield has a legitimate concern.

"I think we ought to accept the responsibility, but to say that we're going to accept that responsibility beginning on July 1st is probably a bit of a stretch," said Bradley.

The Springfield City Manager said even if the dispatch services are separated it should have no effect on services to the citizens.

The Robertson County mayor said he will be discussing options during a budget committee meeting Thursday.

Springfield city leaders also want Robertson County to pay more than $200,000 of retroactive pay from this past year.

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