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Posted on Dec 11, 2014

New bond rating comes just in time for new dispatch center

EPHRATA — After giving the go-ahead to build a new $7.11 million dispatch center to the Multi-Agency Communications Center board recently, Grant County commissioners were informed last week of an excellent bond rating.

The national rating agency Standard & Poor’s gave the county an AA- rate, which should lower the interest rates for a 24-year bond.

Commissioner Cindy Carter said the county’s current dispatch center, known as MACC, is in an old Armory building near the county fairgrounds in Moses Lake.

The bond will pay for a new, larger facility to be built on Wheeler Road in Moses Lake, and will include improved electronic and radio communications equipment.

She said no new taxes are being assessed to build the dispatch center.

Carter said the county expects to sell the bonds this month, and begin construction as soon as possible. She said it will take a year to 18 months to complete.

— By K.C. Mehaffey, Wenatchee World