Allen’s shared Joint Radio System, owned in partnership with the City of Plano, was approved for system improvements at City Council’s regular meeting Oct. 12. The Joint Radio System powers a variety of public safety and general government services for entities across Collin County.
The work includes replacement of the original microwave system installed in 2009, a total of 13 sites. Allen will cover $582,784 of the estimated $1.7 million purchase. This project continues a 24-year partnership between City of Allen and City of Plano.
How is the joint radio system funded?
The radio system is funded by the multiple entities (subscribers) it serves. The subscriber revenue is used to fund maintenance and capital purchases.
As owners of the system, City of Allen holds one-third of the subscriber revenue and City of Plano holds two-thirds of the subscriber revenue. This shared services model provides a superior level of services at a lower cost compared to if Allen attempted to build a similar system as a lone city.
Joint Radio System Subscribers