Middle Flint Regional E-911 Authority
The Middle Flint Regional E9-1-1 Authority was created in July 2003 to provide enhanced 9-1-1 service to seven counties in central and west central Georgia. The counties of Macon, Dooly, Marion, Schley, Sumter, Taylor and Webster entered into an intergovernmental agreement forming the 9-1-1 Authority and appointing a board of directors to oversee the creation of a regional 9-1-1 center. Talbot became the eighth participating county in 2012.
The board of directors is comprised of representatives from each of the counties. They are appointed by the county board of commissioners and serve three-year terms. All those appointed to the board serve voluntarily and are not compensated for their service.
Middle Flint Regional E9-1-1 is the largest regional 9-1-1 Center in Georgia. Other centers serve larger populations, but none are as large in terms of area or number of agencies served.
Funding for the operation of the center is accomplished through the collection of 9-1-1 telephone surcharge fees and contributions from each of the counties in the region. All telephone companies serving customers in the region collect a monthly fee of $1.50 per month per phone line (wired, wireless and VOIP). By Georgia law, these fees are forwarded to the 9-1-1 Center and are used for keeping the Center up to date and functioning properly.
The collection of the surcharge fees accounts for approximately 85 percent of the operations budget for the center. The counties in the region contribute the other 15 percent of the budget on a pro-rata share determined by the revenue collections in each county which reflects the amount of traffic handled by the center. The per capita cost for running the regional E9-1-1 Center is approximately $20 as compared to a statewide average of $35 per person.