Neshoba County will provide 911 emergency call and dispatch services to Kemper County when a new $1.6 million Emergency Operations Center opens after the first of the year.
The Neshoba County Board of Supervisors signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this week to provide the services to Kemper County, including its sheriff and police departments, volunteer fire protection districts and ambulance services, among others.
The Neshoba Democrat reports that Kemper, in return, will pay Neshoba County $60,000 for the first year of operation. That annual charge will increase 5 percent for each of the following four years.
After five years, the agreement could be renegotiated.
Currently, all 911 calls in Philadelphia and Neshoba County are answered at the county's communications center housed at the jail.