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Pa. lawmakers eye increase in phone bill fees that fund 911

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 10, 2015 4:01 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania counties are pushing state lawmakers to increase fees on phone customers that largely fund the state's 911 centers, warning of financial chaos if they fail to act.

A bill to increase telephone surcharges for 911 is getting introduced and is expected to be assigned the symbolic number of House Bill 911.

The fees are currently between $1 a month and $1.50. The bill would increase the fees to a flat $1.65, less than the $2 per month that county commissioners are seeking.

The state would collect and distribute the fees according to a funding formula that would take into account population, call volume and other factors.

The bill would set standards across county lines and encourage cooperation, among other things.

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