Seaford tables 911 center vote

SEAFORD, Del. – After a passionate, nearly 2-hour public hearing the Seaford city council decided to table their vote on the future of the 911 center and instead go back to the drawing board.

Instead of sending the 911 services to the Sussex Emergency Operations Center, the council will now form a committee to examine any possible way to keep the 911 center in Seaford.

“We really need to pour it out on the table and share here’s we are and ask them for their solutions cause ultimately to keep all this it’s going to impact someone’s pocketbook,” said Mayor David Genshaw.

During the public hearing, Tuesday night residents and law enforcement made their case why the center should stay. Many saying they fear the response times would be slower with the county and that officers safety could be put at risk.

“From an officer’s standpoint, officer safety is drastically going to be put in jeopardy, Suss.  Comm. is so busy now, state troopers other municipal departments can’t even call in their traffic stops to let the dispatchers know where they are,” said MCpl. Matt Mills with the Seaford Police Department.

If the city decides to keep the 911 center, one realistic outcome may be that the city has to raise taxes. According to city officials, the city is paying $650,000 a year for the 911 center and looking the future the town would need to bring extra money in from someone to continue to fund the center.

Mayor Genshaw asked those in attendance Tuesday night if they would be willing to face a roughly 30 percent tax increase to pay to keep the center and more than half raised their hands in favor.

“I don’t like taxes but I think it’s worth raising my taxes,” said Debbie Hall.

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