Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Easy solution for dispatch funding

I was amused by your Dec. 16 story ("Progress slow in dispatch mediation") discussing the rancor concerning the allocation of funding for the dispatch center. There is a simple, straightforward and equitable solution to the issue.

First, at the beginning of the fiscal year, divide the budget for the dispatch center by the number of entities required to fund it. Second, bill each entity that amount. Third, at the end of the fiscal year, calculate the actual cost of the operation.

Fourth, take the total number of calls for the year and divide the actual cost by the number of calls to determine a cost per call. Fifth, calculate the amount due from each entity by multiplying the per-call cost times the number of calls from that entity. Sixth, calculate whether each entity has a credit or debit due. Seventh, bill those entities with a debit and allow those with a credit to apply the credit to the next year. Repeat this process each year.

Using this process, each entity pays for the amount of the utility it uses. We pay for our utilities (gas, electric, water, etc.) based on how much we use. It is only fair and logical that the communities pay for the dispatch utility in the same way.

Let's stop trying to judge the use beforehand by some arbitrary metric and just pay for what you use. Each year it will vary based on actual use, but it will be equitable. Come on, folks let's use common sense and get on with it.

Jerry Graham

Sun Valley

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