According to the study, city residents and businesses account for about 73 percent of all the assessed value in the county, and the city generates about 68 percent of all calls to dispatch. About 69 percent of the county’s population lives in the city.
County officials have often claimed the city generates a disproportionate number of police calls, a claim they’ve used to justify the city paying 73 percent of the property-tax funded portion of the dispatch budget.
Goodnight said the Crowe study somewhat debunked those claims.
County officials plan to ask the city to have a decision on 2014 dispatch funding by Aug. 1, before the county starts the budget process.
If the city decides to defund its portion of the dispatch budget, Howard County Commissioner Tyler Moore said Thursday the county is prepared to ask the city to make alternate arrangements for non-emergency calls made after hours.
By law, the county is ultimately responsible for emergency calls, and dispatch will continue to take those calls for both the city, the county, Greentown and Russiaville, regardless of whether Kokomo officials accept either option.
Goodnight declined to offer an immediate response Thursday, saying he’d just received a copy of the report.
“Rest assured, I will defend and do what’s best for city taxpayers,” Goodnight said.