Ionia County ups 911 surcharge rate, debates firefighter radios

The Ionia County 911 monthly surcharge is increasing by 50 cents per device, but not before a lengthy debate took place about possibly increasing it even more to help fund radios for county firefighters.

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners on April 13 voted 6-1 to increase the surcharge rate per device per month from $2.30 to $2.85 starting this July through June 2022 at the recommendation of Central Dispatch Director Jim Valentine.