A group opposed to merging the Sarpy County 911 Center with the Douglas County center has taken to social media.
More than 1,300 have joined a Facebook page called “Keep the Sarpy County 911 Center.” Others are using the hashtag #savesarpy911 on Twitter.
The outcry is in response to talks among Sarpy and Douglas County leaders about merging 911 services.
“Today the department is in grave danger itself,” the Facebook page reads. “Unless the citizens of Sarpy County speak up, the department will be partially or completely liquidated and shut down.”
Officials say discussions are still underway about possible governance and operations of a merged facility, and no decisions have been made.
In December, officials said that among the ideas on the table is to add Sarpy entities to Douglas County’s existing system. Another idea would set up a new, separate entity with its own taxing authority.
Officials have acknowledged the cost savings of a combined center. Last year, a regional 911 committee found that Douglas and Sarpy Counties could save a combined $2 million annually by merging.
The Facebook page opposing the merger urged people who support their local 911 center and believe it’s “worth more than an outsource contract” to like the page and spread the word.