Not all cities have large tax bases to tap into to pay for things like this.
Although I still maintain politicians shouldn't be buying radio systems, it looks like they're going about it with some due diligence, being able to test it and negotiate the price before signing the contract.
It's hard to believe they even need a repeater in a town that's only 2 miles wide but if Carthage went with a P25 DTRS like most I read about on here, it would cost somewhere in the range of $2.2 million based on what the others have cost. I don't know what the first phase or other phases of this project have/will cost but assuming it was half a million dollars, that's far more reasonable for a town that size. Still kinda silly for such a small place but the burden to the tax payers will be much less and I'm betting that a much larger portion of money is going to local companies.
And in the event of a devastating tornado like their next door neighbors in Joplin had, they could more easily and quickly replace that equipment.
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