Jun. 05, 2020

DALLAS – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) today voiced her opposition to a proposed change in Pennsylvania’s 911 funding formula, urging the Pennsylvania 911 Advisory Board to delay its vote until the plan is adequately revised to address significant funding discrepancies in rural communities.

Boback sent a letter to Chairman Stephen Barrar of the House Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, who also serves as a voting member of the advisory board. In her letter, Boback requested Chairman Barrar and his fellow members of the board immediately reconsider the plan.

The board is required to review the 911 funding formula every two years. A final vote on the proposal is scheduled to take place June 18.

“While this biannual review is crucial to ensuring our local 911 responders are adequately funded, this specific plan would unfortunately be counterproductive to its aims,” said Boback.

“A number of counties in our region stand to suffer a significant loss of funding under this new formula,” she continued. “Eighty percent of counties in northeastern Pennsylvania would receive less funding were this proposal to be approved, and Wyoming County’s share would be cut in half. This loss of funding would be devastating at any time, but particularly so during a pandemic when resources are especially scarce.”

“This is unacceptable, and it is imperative that the advisory board revisit its plan to address these disparities as soon as possible. My hope is that given sufficient time, a more appropriate distribution may be formulated; in the meantime, however, this vote must be delayed until these significant discrepancies can be rectified.”

Representative Karen Boback
117th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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