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Columbia Co. supervisors in stalemate over cell tax

Apr 06, 2013 12:02 am
Nathan Mayberg reports in the Register Star Columbia County lawmakers remain at odds over the appropriate way to tax residents to pay for the county's 911 operations and planned upgrades. A request by the 911 director to institute a 30-cent surcharge per month on all mobile devices registered in the county remains under consideration. The current charge being levied on landlines does not offset the department’s expenses, and that revenue has been dwindling. The state currently collects $1.20 per month from mobile phone users, but the county does not receive any of that revenue. A former supervisor who still sits on the Public Safety Committee said, “nobody wants to raise taxes, but we’re going to do it one way or the other.” Read the full story in the Register Star.