California Assembly votes to approve phone bill fee to improve 911 system

SACRAMENTO (KUSI) – The California Assembly has voted to raise the fees on your landlines and cell phones in order to pay for an upgrade to the state’s 911 system.

Although the measure was passed by the Assembly, it is not a done deal yet. Some lawmakers have issues with AB 911 and argue that the state should use some of the budget surplus to pay for improving the 911 system instead of raising fees on Californians.

Supporters say the state doesn’t always have a surplus of funds and 911 services need a reliable stream of funding.

The fee may reach as high as 80 cents per month on phone bills.

KCRA reports, “The 911 fee is an effort to upgrade the state’s system so it can handle text messages, photos and videos. But the fund that pays for the system is based on a fee for each phone call. The fund has been steadily declining as more people opt to send text messages.”

Haney Hong, President & CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, was in studio to explain what is going on in Sacramento. His full interview is below.

KCRA’s full story can be read by clicking here.

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Posted by KUSI News on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

 

 

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