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Lawmakers pledge overhaul of N.J. 911 system but have no plan to pay for it


By Alex Napoliello and Stephen Stirling | NJ Advance Media for
on October 20, 2016 at 7:39 AM, updated October 20, 2016 at 7:45 AM

State lawmakers pledged to expedite an overhaul of New Jersey’s antiquated 911 system after a report revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars raised to pay for the live-saving upgrade had been spent elsewhere.

But they conceded that finding the money will be tricky.

Proposals include expanding a surcharge on monthly phone bills to cover disposable cell phones, or again asking voters to amend the state Constitution to make sure future money raised goes toward the upgrade.

“It’s not as if we’re sitting on a billion dollars someplace,” Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) said. “We’re going to have to look the voters in the eye and say we’re going to have to find a revenue source or cut funds allocated elsewhere to make up for money that’s been misallocated.”