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Counties want tax on phones

November 27, 2000

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— Kansas counties will push once again next year for a monthly 911 tax on cellular phones for both the counties' good and that of people who count on their wireless phones in emergencies, officials say.

Municipalities use the 911 tax revenue that is applied monthly to residential and business telephone lines to help support emergency communication systems.

But cell phones, because they are not currently taxed, don't contribute to those costs.

In addition, county officials say the increased revenue that would be raised by extending the tax to cellular, mobile and wireless phones would allow 911 systems to buy equipment that gives the number of the cell phone user and the caller's emergency location.

Cell phones now account for 30 percent of 911 calls, said Bill Singer, information technology director for Shawnee County.

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