Morgan Co. customers question 911 surcharge boost

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - The 911 board increased the surcharge for landlines from 80 cents per month to $2.50 per month in April.

Gordon Neihardt, manager of the Morgan County Emergency
Management Communication District, said the landline increase came
because more people switched to cellular.

The board previously received 2 cents per month on cellular
phones, but began collecting 26 cents per month during 2007.

Tammy Hamby, who manages the 911 database, said the agency is
receiving surcharges on 49,599 business and residential landlines.

She said that number was 60,567 in 2008, which marks an 18.1
percent decrease in one year.

70-year-old Lacey's Spring resdient Thomas Gildea said he
believes the increase discriminates against seniors, poor people
and minorities.
Information from: The Decatur Daily,

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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