CLINTON — A little less than two months ago, the city of Clinton examined a new collection process for its shared emergency dispatch service.

When the Clinton City Council discussed the issue at that time, projected savings amounted to approximately $150,000 for the city’s property owners. Now, the savings are predicted to be at least $125,000 and most likely more, City Administrator Gary Boden said, but start-up costs could escalate.

Boden reported at Tuesday’s Clinton City Council meeting that Clinton County is requesting more money from the other parties in the agreement — the cities of Clinton, Camanche and DeWitt — to help offset beginning operating costs for the first year.

During the original talks, the cities offered to pay more during the first year to help the county with its beginning costs.

However, that asking amount has grown, Boden said, and will lead to future conversations between the city of Clinton and the county about the final total.

“Now the county is suggesting they need more money,” Boden said. “Why can’t the county provide to it, too? It’s a good deal, though, and we’ll do something about that. If we don’t do this, the deal will be in significant jeopardy and I believe this deal is an incredible first step for an equitable distribution.”

The restructured 28E emergency dispatch service collection method will tax properties based solely on assessed evaluation of the entire county. Fund allocation for the service will shift costs from the city’s budget to an independent agency, which will then collect the tax.

Boden said this procedure will eliminate the increased taxation on Clinton citizens. The previous system charged each individual property owners a fee in the county, including the cities of Camanche, DeWitt and Clinton, and also implemented a 42 percent charge to the city of Clinton.

“Can we get the money back?” Boden asked. “No. What’s done is done. If you’re not happy with the agreement, you can cancel it. But if you do that, you better have a plan B.”

Under Chapter 18 of the agreement, the county or the cities can request a formal alteration or cancel the agreement. The council agreed to pass the resolution and directed city staff to provide an update on its impact during the Clinton City Council Committee of the Whole meeting June 9.