On July 1, 2012 Indiana's new 911 law became effective which established the Statewide 911 Board. The board is a quasi-state government agency established by IC 36-8-16.7 and operates under the Indiana Treasurer's Office. It has statewide jurisdiction over 911 services. It's chair, by statute, is an elected official - the state treasurer. The board's two primary responsibilities include collecting surcharges from all communication service providers and distributing the funding to local units of government, as well as the operation of a statewide public safety ESInet for 911 calls, including Text to 911 services.
The board comprises of fifteen memberS;
Appointees serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
WHO PAYS FOR 911?
- The state collects end user surcharges ($1.00 for landline, wireless phones, VoIP phones, lifeline phones, and pay-as-you-go wireless handsets. This funding operates the statewide 911 network and is an aid to funding 911 service within the 92 counties.
- 911 is a local service, provided by the counties, cities and towns, (who provide mutual funding assistance through cooperative inter-local agreements)