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TV district still facing questions in Mohave County


Hildy Angius

Should county be in the business of boosting television signals?

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Board of Supervisors tabled a request for a new maintenance contract for the county's TV translator system Monday after District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius said she wanted a closer look at it.

Angius said she had received some questions about the county's TV district, which uses a property tax to pay for equipment to boost the signal from free over-the-air TV stations in Phoenix and Las Vegas.

The TV district charges property owners $0.0867 per $100 of assessed value. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office and other local and state law enforcement agencies use the towers for communications between their officers.

If approved, the contract would have been signed with WECOM, a local telecom business, at a cost of more than $16,200 a month. The contract would have lasted for one year, with the option to renew the contract for four additional one-year periods.

WECOM was the only business that bid on the contract, according to information provided to the Board.

The company was founded nearly 55 years ago in Kingman and has been in charge of maintenance for the county's TV system since 1957. The company also installed the new digital TV signal equipment for the county and provides maintenance support for several local TV and radio stations. The chairman of the company is Jack Trahan.

Yvonne Orr, who is in charge of the district for the county, pointed out that the current contract expires on July 21 and asked the Board to continue the current contract on a month-to-month basis. The Board agreed.

The district was also a topic of discussion at the Board's July 1 meeting, when Angius questioned whether the county should be providing the service if most people in the county subscribed to cable or satellite TV.

It is unknown how many people in the county use the service, as there is no good way to count the number of viewers, Orr said at the July 1 meeting.

At that meeting, Angius asked county staff to look into the possibility of asking voters in the next election if they wanted to continue the property tax for the district.



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