Lawmakers propose expanding E-911 Fee to all phone users

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Lawmakers propose expanding E-911 Fee to all phone users

By Mal Leary, Capitol News Service
Monday, April 23, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA - Mainers using prepaid cell phones and Internet-based phones likely will pay more for the service as lawmakers consider expanding the fee that helps fund the Emergency-911 phone systems.

"This is a fairness issue," said Sen. Phil Bartlett, D-Gorham, the co-chairman of the Legislature's Utilities Committee said last week. "Other users, cell phone and landline users, are already paying the fee."

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Lawmakers propose expanding E-911 Fee to all phone users

Why is it that whenever the Tax and Spenders want more of our money, it's always a "fairness issue"?

When does allowing residents to keep one dollar in their pockets become an issue of "fairness"?

According to the article, the #911 fund already has enough money to last for the next two biennia, and there are also questions about the quality of the oversight on how the funds are being spent.

I suggest they look at that aspect before imposing any more taxes on already overburdened Maine residents.

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Lawmakers propose expanding E-911 Fee to all phone users

[quote][b]Many facing higher costs for E-911 services[/b]

BY BETTY ADAMS
Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 08/29/2008

More than 100 municipalities... might pay a lot more next year to have E-911 calls answered and ... to have police, fire or rescue personnel respond. [b]Most of the increase is to cover pay raises for state workers.[/b]

The state Department of Public Safety, which answers emergency calls for most communities in Kennebec, York and Aroostook counties, is proposing a [u][b]64 percent rate increase for the service[/b][/u]. A similar increase is proposed for responding to emergencies.[/quote]

[url=http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com/news/local/5341393.html]"Hello, 911? Our town is having a funding emergency, and you're the reason!"[/url]

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