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HAILEY, Idaho -- Blaine County commissioners in central Idaho have rejected a proposal by the city of Hailey, Bellevue and Sun Valley to outsource non-emergency dispatch calls.

Representatives of the cities say the move will save money but commissioners say it could put lives at risk.

Hailey City Councilwoman Carol Brown says the cities could save up to 65 percent of their dispatch costs with the change.

But Commissioners Tom Bowman and Larry Schoen at a meeting Tuesday said it could be difficult to determine if a call is or isn't an emergency in some fast-changing situations.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that Idaho Emergency Communications Commission earlier this year said all cities participating in consolidated dispatch must contribute financially.

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