Gunnison/Hinsdale Combined Emergency Telephone Service Authority


The Gunnison/Hinsdale Combined Emergency Telephone Service Authority (Authority) is a separate entity from the City of Gunnison. Because the Finance Director for the City of Gunnison also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Authority, the financial statements and records may be accessed on this website as well.

The Gunnison/Hinsdale Combined Emergency Telephone Service Authority is empowered with the operation of an emergency telephone service for exchanges 641, 349, 943, 944, and a portion of 862. It also includes wireless communications within portions of Gunnison, Hinsdale and Saguache counties. See Boundary Map. The Authority is authorized to collect an emergency telephone charge equal to the amount authorized by state statute. The current surcharge is $1 per phone line.  The surcharge is inceasing to $2 per phone line effective May 1, 2020. The surcharge is applicable to landlines, wireless and VOIP. Vendors are allowed a 2% vendor fee upon timely filing and payment of the return. Returns are due on the last day of each month following the month of sale.

Funds collected are used to pay for the cost and installation of equipment, charges to service suppliers, related personnel expenses, and other costs directly related to the continued operation of the emergency telephone services.

 The governing board for the Authority consists of seven voting members:

  • Crested Butte Fire Protection District
  • Crested Butte 
  • City of Gunnison 
  • Gunnison County
  • Gunnison Fire Protection District
  • Hinsdale County
  • Mt. Crested Butte
Also serving on the Board as a non-voting member is: Ben Cowan – Secretary/Treasurer (City of Gunnison Finance).

Board meetings are held quarterly to review financial transactions and discuss current and future needs of the Authority.

911 Surcharge Remittances

Current surcharge = $1.00 per line per month (increasing to $2.00 per line per month effective May 1, 2020)
Applicable to landlines, wireless and VOIP
Allowable Vendor Service Fee = 2%
Filing Frequency = $15 or less per month, annually; Under $300 per month, quarterly; $300 or more per month, monthly.

Documents Available Online

Communication and returns may be sent to:
PO Box 239
Gunnison, CO 81230


Contact: Ben Cowan, Secretary/Treasurer with any additional questions