A school district in the eastern part of Smith County will get dispatch services through the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

The Smith County Commissioners Court has approved a contract with Chapel Hill Independent School District for the services.

This is one step in setting up the school district’s police department, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Wilson told the Commissioners Court on Tuesday.

“They’re trying to get their (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement) certification up and running, so they need that before, I believe, mid-August,” Wilson said.

Chapel Hill ISD will pay $250 for dispatch services Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 and $1,500 per year for dispatch services starting Oct. 1, according to the contract.

County Judge Nathaniel Moran said the rate is comparable to what the county has been charging similar school districts for dispatch services.

Moran said the county has taken another look at dispatch contracts with entities in advance of the upcoming fiscal year.

In a draft working budget for fiscal year 2020 last updated Tuesday, Moran is budgeting an increase in annual revenue from local dispatch contracts from $167,500 to $207,570 per year.

“We did successfully between last year and this year renegotiate all of those dispatch contracts leading up to this budget year,” he said. “We’ve got a great plan for all of those entities that use our dispatch services.”

The rest of the contracts will come before the Commissioners Court for approval later this year, and none of them will come into play until Oct. 1, when fiscal year 2020 begins, Moran said.

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Erin came to Tyler from Vermont, where she worked for VTDigger.org and previously the Rutland Herald. She received her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also attended journalism school.

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