Boone County Commission to discuss 911 land-line tax at meeting

Monday, August 19, 2013 | 7:11 p.m. CDT; updated 7:11 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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