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DeSoto Board of Supervisors approve $9.2 million emergency radio communications system revamp


HERNANDO, Mississippi — The DeSoto Board of Supervisors has approved a long-sought $9.2 million emergency radio communications system revamp by the county's Emergency 911 District Commission.

Supervisor Lee Caldwell of Nesbit, board president, tells The Commercial Appeal ( ) the panel decided to issue up to $7 million in bonds to help fund the system from Motorola on Monday.

The balance of the cost will come from 911 district funds already raised through a $1 tariff, allowed by state law, on monthly cell and land line phone bills in DeSoto. The district also will handle debt service on the bonds from the same source.

Officials says the new system, to be installed by fall of next year, will improve coverage for fire, police and paramedic crews and provide direct, common links with other agencies.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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