Grand Traverse County residents might soon see a 14 cent increase in their monthly 911 service charge.
County Administrator David Benda is recommending the county accept a settlement with the Michigan Public Services Commission to allow an increase from 66 cents to 80 cents.
Local officials had wanted a higher increase to help make up for a $1 million yearly gap between revenues and expenses. The county is paying for the shortage out of the general fund, Benda says.
The increase recommended twice by the state Court of Appeals will add about $150,000 per year to the central dispatch budget; the county had asked for twice that. The item will go before the Resource Management and Administration Committee on Wednesday evening.