Nixle Will Start Charging Agencies

By: Jennifer Weaver Email
By: Jennifer Weaver Email

You may have received a text message from the popular program and now what is a free service won't be much longer.

"We were notified recently that the Nixle service was going to start charging public safety agencies," Jon Johnston, Deputy Director of the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety said.

Johnston says he just cannot justify the costs in these tough economic times.

"Nixle was a very convenient platform for us to communicate our daily activity report but we feel we can still communicate that to our residents through e-mails and through text messages," Johnston said.

Johnston received an e-mail saying it would cost the department as much as $3,000 per year to continue their service, the costs are also causing other communities to wonder whether or not they can afford it as well.

"Most governmental units are in a tough situation financially so this would probably prohibit them from continuing their relationship with Nixle," Lt. Greg Frenger of Meridian Township Police said.

Frenger says he is not sure how much Nixle intends to charge Meridian Township Police to continue service but payment was expected in the next few weeks.

So far Columbia Township Police and Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety have decided to discontinue their service with Nixle as of April 1st. Both townships will continue to send information to residents through e-mail lists they are establishing.

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