Lawmakers consider funding boost for Missouri 911

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri lawmakers are seeking to allow new charges on cellphones and wireless devices to help improve the state’s 911 system.

Public safety officials say many counties cannot identify the location of someone who uses a cellphone to call 911.

Legislation advancing this year would establish a 3-percent charge on prepaid wireless devices. Proceeds would go for the poison control center and for counties to improve 911.

The proposals also would give counties a new 911 funding option by permitting a monthly fee on devices that can contact 911. The fee would be capped at $1.50 and require voter approval. Counties currently can assess a fee on landline phones or a sales tax. Counties would not be permitted to combine funding options.

9 comments

  • Steven Sweeney

    I hope the voters reject another tax hike.If they need money for phones so badly, let them take away some of the Obama phones..the gamers have several of those anyway..

    • ByeByeToTheRite

      I’m with you on wanting voters to REJECT THIS and ANY tax hike, including sales tax hikes proposed by Republicans to cover their income tax cuts for the rich – but I think you’re out-of-touch here, again, Steven – so what else is new?

      Your Republican friends in the MO Congress aren’t proposing this as a tax we’ll VOTE on – they don’t care how we vote, anyway, right? (Proven again and again.) The second proposal, a small extra “fee”, will face voter approval, but the main surcharge in this article is just ANOTHER TAX ON WORKING PEOPLE so the rich don’t have to pay higher income tax – end of discussion.

      Starting to sink in, yet? They want YOU to pay higher taxes so the rich don’t have to – so you were either BORN WEALTHY to support these Republicans, or you’re just a….. well, you get the idea.

      • Byebye2libtard

        How long have you been collecting “disability benefits “?
        Your on the payroll your opinion doesn’t mean anything .
        Do you understand you don’t work you eat the goverment cheese and you do what they tell you to, your a sheep for the dems.

  • AL

    The money isn’t for “phones”. It is to fund 911 centers to purchase technology to find you if you are having a medical emergency and cannot speak, to communicate via radio with emergency services as they’re responding to help you, pay dispatcher salaries (who are highly trained individuals that often work very long overtime shifts since not too many people possess all of the skills to perform the job) and create reverse 911 systems to warn citizens of multiple dangers. (Such as a gunman on the loose on your street or a severe storm approaching your area.) All of those benefits are worth an extra $1.50 a month on my cell phone bill.

    • ByeByeToTheRite

      I’m all for excellent 911 services, but you, too, are missing the point here. This is NOT just a $1.50 fee – that’s part TWO of the proposal and WOULD require voter approval.

      The MAIN part, where they are NOT seeking voter approval, is a whopping 3% surchage on the entire bill on EVERY citizen in Missouri, including the huge majority who live in the big cities, to pay for improving 911 service is JUST the rural counties – where most of the wealthy property owners live. So THEY don’t have to pay higher taxes, of course!

      So this isn’t about improving 911 service for the VAST MAJORITY of Missourians – just for rural counties so THEY don’t have to pay higher taxes. And I say NO – let THEM pay a higher fee for it, just as we here in St. Louis ALREADY DO NOW.

      • Byebye2libtard

        How long have you been collecting “disability benefits “?
        Your on the payroll your opinion doesn’t mean anything .
        Do you understand you don’t work you eat the goverment cheese and you do what they tell you to, your a sheep for the dems.

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    “There they go again…” There goes the rural Republican Tea Party again, wanting to tax all of US “little people” in the cities to pay for 911 service in the tiniest rural towns and counties – to make sure the wealthy property owners who own half those counties don’t need to pay a DIME of extra income tax!

    And that’s what it’s all about for Missouri Republicans, hasn’t it been proven enough already?

    We just passed a county tax here in St. Louis County to update our 911 service, so WE HERE IN THE CIVILIZED parts of the states DON’T NEED IT. Got it, rural Republicans? Our 911 service is just fine, thank you.

    So if those rural counties want to join the twentieth century and improve 911 service, then how about a TAX ON THOSE WHO LIVE IN THOSE COUNTIES – including the rich who own everything in them??

    Don’t try to pull another lie on me – I know what they’re doing, just trying – again – to get the majority of us working people in the cities to pay for something for wealthy rural property owners, so they don’t have to.

    If those in the rural areas don’t want to pay for it, then they just GO WITHOUT. Got it?

    • Byebye2libtard

      How long have you been collecting “disability benefits “?
      Your on the payroll your opinion doesn’t mean anything .
      Do you understand you don’t work you eat the goverment cheese and you do what they tell you to, your a sheep for the dems.

    • Steven Sweeney

      Bath house Barry imposed huge taxes for the atrocity of ACA but you’re OK with that.Taxes are the hallmark of tax and spend liberals, which is why we have the 17 trillion dollar debt.All of the high power lefty elite are tax free including the unions, who are exempt from ACA. Is that the GOP’s fault too? bye Bye is the most delusional sheep in the herd.As far as tax cheats, check out the laundry list of democrats who didn’t pay their taxes, not to mention 7 of 10 of the wealthiest are dems.Forbes has the list..But bye bye loves Soros and zuckerberg and spews their propaganda regularly.Hope he already has excuses ready for the mid terms in november..then the libs will go “bye bye’

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