COLUMBIA — The Boone County Commission will discuss eliminating the 911 land-line telephone tax at its Tuesday meeting after voters approved a new sales tax to fund the program in April.
Voters approved Proposition 1, which allowed for a three-eighths cent sales tax to fund a new 911/Joint Communications Service. The new sales tax was intended to replace the land-line tax, which has been in effect since 1985.
Funds collected under the land-line tax are increasing but not enough to keep pace with population growth, said Northern District Commissioner Janet Thompson.
Thompson said the land-line tax simply isn't an efficient way to fund emergency services. She said the commission will vote on eliminating the tax at a later meeting.
According to state law, the commission must take steps to eliminate the land-line tax before Sept. 1, allowing time for businesses to make billing changes before the tax repeal goes into effect as proposed on Jan. 1, 2014.
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