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§ 1-312. Expenditures by counties for 9-1-1 systems

West's Annotated Code of MarylandPublic SafetyEffective: June 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Public Safety (Refs & Annos)
Title 1. Definitions; General Provisions (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 1, 2021
MD Code, Public Safety, § 1-312
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 41, § 18-108
§ 1-312. Expenditures by counties for 9-1-1 systems
Authorized; prohibited
(a)(1) During each county's fiscal year, the county may spend the amounts distributed to it from State 9-1-1 fee collections for the installation, enhancement, maintenance, and operation of a county or multicounty 9-1-1 system.
(2) A county may not spend the amounts distributed to it from State 9-1-1 fee collections for any purpose associated with the 9-8-8 suicide prevention hotline.
Items included in maintenance and operation costs
(b) Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, maintenance and operation costs may include telephone company charges, equipment costs, equipment lease charges, repairs, utilities, personnel costs, and appropriate carryover costs from previous years.
Local additional charge increases
(c) During a year in which a county raises its county 9-1-1 fee under § 1-311 of this subtitle, the county:
(1) may use 9-1-1 trust funds only to supplement levels of spending by the county for 9-1-1 maintenance or operations; and
(2) may not use 9-1-1 trust funds to supplant spending by the county for 9-1-1 maintenance or operations.
Audit of county expenditures
(d)(1) The Board shall provide for an audit of each county's expenditures for the maintenance and operation of the county's 9-1-1 system.
(2) If an audit performed in accordance with paragraph (1) of this subsection determines that a county has utilized 9-1-1 trust funds for purposes other than those authorized under this subtitle, the governing body of the county shall:
(i) submit to the Board a report that includes an explanation for the diversion of 9-1-1 trust funds for unauthorized purposes and details the steps taken by the county to ensure that the diversion of 9-1-1 trust funds does not occur in the future; and
(ii) restore the diverted funds to the county's 9-1-1 budget within that fiscal year.
Counties without operational Phase II wireless enhanced 9-1-1 systems
(e)(1) For a county without an operational Phase II wireless enhanced 9-1-1 system within the time frames established by the Board under § 1-306(b)(6) of this subtitle, the Board shall adopt procedures, to take effect on or after January 1, 2006, to assure that:
(i) the money collected from the county 9-1-1 fee and distributed to the county is expended during the county's fiscal year as follows:
1. for a 9-1-1 system in a county or a multicounty area with a population of 100,000 individuals or fewer, a maximum of 85% may be spent for personnel costs; and
2. for a 9-1-1 system in a county or multicounty area with a population of over 100,000 individuals, a maximum of 70% may be spent for personnel costs; and
(ii) the total amount collected from the State 9-1-1 fee and the county 9-1-1 fee shall be expended only for the installation, enhancement, maintenance, and operation of a county or multicounty system.
(2) The Board may grant an exception to the provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection in extenuating circumstances.
(3) A county with an operational Phase II wireless enhanced 9-1-1 system is exempt from the provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection.

Credits

Added by Acts 2003, c. 5, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2003, c. 451, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2003; Acts 2019, c. 301, § 1, eff. July 1, 2019; Acts 2019, c. 302, § 1, eff. July 1, 2019; Acts 2020, c. 375, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2020; Acts 2020, c. 376, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2020; Acts 2021, c. 378, § 1, eff. June 1, 2021; Acts 2021, c. 379, § 1, eff. June 1, 2021.
MD Code, Public Safety, § 1-312, MD PUBLIC SAFETY § 1-312
Current through legislation effective through June 1, 2022, from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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