$65 million 911 center to open in 2020

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The latest time line has Pierce County’s new 911 center opening in 2020, nine years after voters approved it.

South Sound 911, the regional dispatch agency, plans to finish the design this year, choose a construction firm and start building next year. It expects to move into the building in the third quarter of 2020, the agency said in a community presentation Aug. 22.

“I’m pleased that we are where we are in terms of schedule and budget,” South Sound 911 executive director Andrew Neiditz told The News Tribune last week.

Voters created South Sound 911 in 2011, by approving raising the sales tax by a penny on every $10 purchase. A large part of those funds were meant to pay for the new 76,594-square-foot facility, which will dispatch for Pierce County’s 41 police and fire agencies.

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