COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Ordinance to amend County Code Chapter 15, Taxation, Article XIV, Enhanced Emergency Telephone Service Tax – E-911
Schedule public hearing to consider proposed ordinance to amend County Code Chapter 15, Taxation, increasing the E-911 fee from $2 to $3 per month for each access line
Tucker, Foley, Davis, Wiggans, Herrick, Walters
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
May 4, 2005
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
At a recent budget work session, the Board of Supervisors requested that staff prepare an ordinance that would increase the monthly Emergency-911 fee from two dollars ($2) to three dollars ($3) for each access line. Virginia Code § 58.1-3813.1 authorizes localities to impose a fee on telephone service to pay for an Emergency-911 system and caps this monthly fee at three dollars ($3.00) for each access line. Albemarle County currently imposes a tax of two dollars ($2.00) per month.
4.2. Fund County Services in a fair, efficient manner and provide needed public facilities and infrastructure
The proposed ordinance would increase the Emergency-911 fee to three dollars ($3.00) for each access line. The increased rate would become effective 120 days after the subject telephone companies are given written notice of the new rate.
The draft ordinance includes an amendment to Section 15-1400(B) to make this section consistent with Virginia Code § 58.1-3813.1(F) so that it authorizes the County to use the fee to pay for all allowable expenses. Currently the ordinance does not specify that the fee can be used to pay for costs incurred in training dispatchers and direct call-takers.
Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors set the attached proposed ordinance for public hearing on June 1, 2005.
Attachment A - Proposed draft ordinance
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