By Ethan Colbert
The Concerned Citizens for Pike County 911 group had to collect a little more than 730 signatures from across Pike County by Monday, April 23, if they wanted to put Prop. 911 on the August 2018 ballot.
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, the organizers of the citizens group submitted 1,513 signatures.
“The reason we are doing this is because all the parts of 911 are like a chain, which is made up of many links,” Andrea “Andy” Young said during a press conference shortly before she and Concerned Citizens for Pike County 911 co-founder Holly Leverenz submitted the petitions to the local election authority for review.
“In this chain, there are faults in each link in the chain,” Young said. “We want to fix the links in the chain so that this chain is whole and strong for the people of Pike County. We want people to be secure in the fact that when they call 911 that they know the phone will be answered and when the phone is answered, we want them to know that help is being sent immediately.”
The Concerned Citizens petition asks that Prop. 911 be placed on the August 2018 ballot. During that election, voters will be asked to authorize the county government to discontinue the current landline telephone tax and create a new 9/16 of a per cent sales tax.
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