COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Ordinance to amend County Code Chapter 15, Taxation, Article XIV, Enhanced Emergency Telephone Service Tax E-911

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

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

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Wiggans, Herrick, Walters

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

May 4, 2005

 

ACTION:                                   INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                         INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:     Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

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. 

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

4.2.  Fund County Services in a fair, efficient manner and provide needed public facilities and infrastructure

 

 

DISCUSSION:

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.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors set the attached proposed ordinance for public hearing on June 1, 2005.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A - Proposed draft ordinance

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