Tri-Cities closer to one emergency dispatch center

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - The Tri-Cities is one step closer to combining 911 dispatch centers. A unanimous vote from Benton County commissioners sets the ball rolling.

A new inter-local agreement would create what's called, the "Multi-Agency Three Rivers Information and Communications Service," or MATRICS.

The regional center would operate on a single system, including police radios.

The whole project could cost ten million, but it expected to ultimately offer a savings for both counties.

Richland City Manager Cindy Johnson said, "In the simplest terms when you have 2 different systems that are working separately and you combine them you're going to save on maintenance costs, you're going to save on upgrades because you're upgrading one system instead of two disparate systems, so logic tells you're going to save on that."

Franklin County Commissioners are on board.

An agreement to combine 911 dispatch could be signed by the end of the year.