The surcharge must be set by May 15 each year and filed with the State of Michigan 911 Office, County Administrator Michael Bosanac said.

Monroe County telephone callers will continue to pay a $ 2 surcharge per month in 2020- 21 to help fund 911 emergency operations.

Tuesday night, county commissioners approved a resolution to keep the charge at $ 2 per line per month as recommended by the Monroe County 911 District Board. The charge is the same as what was collected this past year.

Every spring, the county sets a surcharge per month and per device, with all funds collected to be used for funding enhanced 911 call-answering and dispatch services in the county.

The surcharge must be set by May 15 each year and filed with the State of Michigan 911 Office, County Administrator Michael Bosanac said.

Under the resolution, the monthly surcharge is not to exceed $2 on all landline, wireless and voice over internet protocol service providers within the county. Revenue from the fee is used to pay for equipment, facilities and all other operational costs for 911 service.

The surcharge is estimated to raise $3.4 million in 2020 and $3.45 million in 2021, according to projections from Monroe County Central Dispatch. The income covers most of the estimated $3.76 million cost of running 911 services in 2020 and the $3.8 million expense in 2021.

Commissioners discussed the matter during a virtual Zoom teleconference meeting held with all nine commissioners and remote participation with citizens.