2004. That is how long it’s been since the vital systems helping to keep 911 working in Laclede county has been updated. Earlier this week Sheriff Wayne Merritt spoke in front of residents of the community at the Lebanon Rotary club and told those in attendance that they’re going to ask for a tax to cover the difference. Merritt says he’s going to ask voters of the county to approve a 3/16th of 1% sales tax that would fund the replacement of the 911 system by 2016. Merritt says that the biggest issue is the equipment replacement money comes from a tax on landlines which are disappearing fast. It is estimated that the new system could cost upwards of $300,000 with an additional $150,000 for the dispatch system alone.