Lee County OKs $8.5M upgrade for E911 radio

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By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – After finalizing an $8.5 million E911 communications project Monday involving a tax increase, Lee County supervisors listened to another presentation related to an estimated $19 million new jail.
After a public hearing with no opposition, the board unanimously supported a resolution authorizing up to $8.5 million in bonds to upgrade the current E911 communications system used throughout the county.
Costs related to upgrades for the radio upgrades will involve the supervisors passing a modest tax increase that could cost residential property owners $15 annually for a house with an assessed value of $100,000.
Related to building a new jail, architect Mike LeBlanc of MWL Architects in Lafayette, La., presented ideas for a new jail. He said his estimates for a $19 million property should be close to actual costs, but not everyone in the room agreed.
“I think we can do it for less than that,” said board president Bobby Smith.
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