COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Ordinance to amend County Code Chapter 15, Taxation, Article XIV, Enhanced Emergency Telephone Service Tax – E-911
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, Wiggans, Breeden, Davis, Herrick, Walters
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
June 1, 2005
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
At a 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 County Budget office projects $1,688,265.48 in E-911 eligible expenses during Fiscal Year 2006. That amount is likely to approach $1,900,000 during Fiscal Year 2007 as the 800 MHz system becomes fully operational. By comparison, E-911 revenues for Fiscal Year 2006 are projected to be $1,147,000.00, using the current $2 monthly rate. At the proposed $3 monthly rate, over the course of a full year, projected annual E-911 revenues would rise to $1,720,500.00. By the time a higher rate could be collected over a full Fiscal Year (2007), that projected revenue would still not fully cover projected expenses, taking into account the new 800 MHz system.
The draft ordinance also 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 the fee can be used to pay for costs incurred in training dispatchers and direct call-takers.
If the Board determines that the Emergency-911 fee should be increased to three dollars ($3.00), staff recommends that it adopt the attached proposed ordinance after public hearing.
Attachment A - Proposed draft ordinance
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