Director of Metro 911 wants more of your personal information

I thought at one point Metro Communications Director Paul Niedringhaus was going to call a whaaabulance during the joint budget meeting with Sioux Falls City Council and the Minnehaha County Commission. Hopefully a REAL one shows up in REAL time 🙂

Paul said he was frustrated (FF 47:00) that since 2012 the SD Department of Revenue was not giving them revenue trends (personal records) on individual phone use expenditures.

While the SDDR was still giving them the actual revenue trends, it seemed Paul was miffed he wasn’t getting the individual numbers. While he never said it, he made it sound like he didn’t trust the SDDR.

Not sure why since 2012 the SDDR stopped sharing that information with Metro, but I’m OK with that. Since the state government agency is seeing the information, and using it to disperse the proper funds to municipal agencies, there really is NO reason the municipalities need to see that information also. If Paul doesn’t trust the data he is receiving from the state, he should take that up with the state legislature and the AG. Not much the county commission or city council can do but offer a tissue.

What I found IRONIC about Paul’s request was that the city, the state and especially when it comes to ambulance service, Metro, hides information from the citizens consistently. His cries for having the freedom to view this PRIVATE information about individual citizens wreaks of hypocrisy.



3 comments ↓

#1 The D@ily Spin on 08.23.17 at 4:42 pm

I think the problem is a phone reference with address doesn’t exist. Most people abandoned their land lines in favor of cell phones. If your locator is turned off, there’s no way to locate where a 911 call is coming from. The data isn’t reliable except for cases of a business with a landline.

#2 l3wis on 08.23.17 at 8:08 pm

spin, to clarify, that isn’t what he is talking about. He is saying that the SDDR isn’t sharing how much revenue (taxes) they are taking in from individual phone users (landlines and cell phones) they just turn over a bulk amount and say, this is what the total is.

#3 Thomas on 08.23.17 at 11:53 pm

Not that I’m a huge fan of the metro director, but it is a badly kept secret that the state has been trying to shut down small town/county dispatch centers. that way the state can herd smaller agencies into regional dispatch centers that are controlled by the state. Thus, the state keeps the 911 surcharge tax revenue on all phones and doesn’t have to hand it out to anybody else.

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