9-1-1 service fee coming to Campbell Co. residents

CAMPBELL COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - A drop in landline phone service means a new line on Campbell County residents' tax bills.

Campbell County is charging a $45 annual service fee for 9-1-1 services. That charge will need to be paid when residents go to pay their taxes.

The county says the annual fee is charged to each residential unit and each commercial unit located upon each parcel of property. County officials say they will use the revenue from the fee to pay for emergency dispatch.

This fee is up from the $3 a month that the county currently charges land line owners.

Why the change? Since 9-11 dispatch services were first introduced in the 1980's, they have been largely funded by a monthly fee on telephone land lines, Campbell County says. Telephone land lines are being replaced by wireless telephones and other technologies, and the monthly fee on land lines is no longer an adequate source of revenues.

The new 9-1-1 service fee will replace the fee on land lines. The monthly fee on land lines will end on December 31, 2013. 

If you have other questions, you can call the 911 Service Fee information

line at 859-547-1814 or email your questions to webinquiry@campbellcountyky.org. See the info sheet on their website {PDF}.

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