State Capitol Report: Tech upgrades to 911, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

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First, we speak with the state Emergency Communication chief about a tech overhaul of the emergency response system. Then, we hear from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities executive director on how cities and villages are affected by property tax reliance.

Featured in this Show

  • Progress on technology upgrade to 911 system

    Wisconsin’s emergency communication system handles 3 million calls to 911 centers annually. The system, with 2,115 public safety personnel and serving 2,288 first responder agencies, is in the process of a major technology upgrade. We speak with the Office of Emergency Communications about the new NG-911 system.

    Note: In this program, Erik Viel, director of the state Office of Emergency Communications, provided an incorrect estimate for the number of public safety answering points that had received federal grant funding to support Next Generation 911 technology. After the program aired, the office said 35 public safety answering points had received grant funding.

  • Reforming how municipalities fund services

    Wisconsin’s municipalities rely more on property taxes than most other states to fund services. We talk with the head of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities about how the system works now and what reforms the group advocates for.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Mackenzie Krumme Producer
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Erik Viel Guest
  • Jerry Deschane Guest

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