How the 9-1-1 System is funded in Colorado
Funding for the operation of the Emergency Telephone System (E 911) comes from the surcharge affixed to each landline, wireless, and interconnected Voice-over-Internet-Protocol access line in the area for which the Authority provides service located in Arapahoe County.
Arapahoe County 911 Authority is authorized by statute to set a monthly fee for these surcharges. This charge may be set at a monthly rate of up to an amount set by the Public Utilities Commission on an annual basis. Rates greater than the amount set by the Public Utilities Commission can be set with the approval of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Currently, the surcharge rate for the Arapahoe County 911 Authority is $0.70, which is the lowest rate in the State of Colorado along with several other 911 authorities.
Each year, Arapahoe County 911 Authority is required by Colorado State Statute to set the surcharge rate for the coming year. ACE9-1-1 develops a budget based on the predicted revenue and approves the budget in a public hearing each November.