Massachusetts municipalities could save millions of dollars through widespread consolidation of services, including 9-1-1 dispatch operations, according to the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said there are 265 emergency dispatch centers in Massachusetts, more than 10 times the number in Maryland, and policy center director and vice president Yolanda Kodrzycki said cutting the number of centers to 14 would reduce operating costs by 60%.

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