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Username: Dsmith

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

David Shepardson / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- A court-appointed expert ruled Wednesday that Detroit's share of costs for a new $131 million digital radio system should be re-evaluated.

Officials in Oakland County and other suburbs have protested the way costs were split between the city and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, which was given charge of ordering the new system even though its workers were to use only a small fraction of the system's capacity. Much of the system was to be used by city of Detroit police and firefighters.

In July, The Detroit News reported that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department -- which is funded primarily by suburban ratepayers -- will pay $43 million for the dispatch and communication system, a third of the total cost, though its workers will use just 11 percent of the radios. The Detroit police and fire departments will have 69 percent of the radios.

"The cost allocation requires further review," Special Master F. Thomas Lewand wrote in a 24-page memorandum issued Wednesday. Now that the system has been up for months and actual usage can be measured, he recommends that a consulting firm be hired to determine an appropriate division of expenses.

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.d ll/article?AID=/20060223/METRO /602230353/1003
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Username: Susanarosa

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and why isn't this generating more concern? Oh yeah, JoAnn Watson and BRC made some comments folks don't like...

Oh well, carry on.

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