Snohomish County’s emergency radio system is nearly at its expiration date and a 0.1 percent sales tax increase on this November’s ballot would allow for a replacement of that system.
The Snohomish County Emergency Radio System (SERS) is an organization which runs and maintains the system, which helps coordinate communication between 911 dispatchers and local police officers, firefighters and other emergency services.
If passed the funds would go to Snohomish County, however that money can only be used for emergency communication services by state law.
SERS would likely be the biggest priority for those funds, said Brad Steiner, executive director for the organization.
“It really is for everyone. Since we’re the primary communication service we’re likely first on the list, but it’s not just for us,” he said.