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New 911 taxes are to show up on phone bill

BY: WJAC Web Staff

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- You may be paying more of the bill for emergency communications upgrades through a new fee on cellphones and Internet usage.

Several state lawmakers have already proposed this idea in a legislative package.

A new 911 system is about to go online in Centre County. Other counties would like to get the same upgrade, but the project could cost millions of dollars.

Centre Countys new emergency responder communication network cost at least $18 million.

I think its gone extremely well, said Centre County 911 Director Dan Tancibok.

All those equipment items will be phasing in, it will pick up as we get more of the phasing all done, said Centre County Commissioner Chris Exarchos.

To help pay 911 costs, people already see a dollar tax on their phone bills.

Penn State is paying $4 million of the $18 million cost, and the phasing-in of the system is to begin this week.

Testing is to be done on two municipalities, Patton and Ferguson Township.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times