News : County Considers Extra Tax on Utility Bills to Pay for 911 Call Center
Hamilton, OH, USA, Dec 11, 2015 -- The next time you see your cable bill is going up – again – don’t be too quick to hop on the phone and yell at your cable provider for charging you too much.
It could just be the county’s fault you’re paying extra.
Under a plan Hamilton County Commissioners are considering, residents would pay an extra tax on certain utility bills each month to pay for the county’s emergency communications center.
That proposal could cost you an extra 1.5 percent on certain bills – everything from cell phone to electric bills. An average user, the county estimates, would pay $2.50 more monthly. It could bring in as much as $7 million yearly to pay for the county’s 911 system.
Details of the tax are murky because this is the first time in the state’s history a county would use this tax.
The county still needs to vote on the tax, which wouldn’t happen until the summer. County leaders are unsure if they could charge the tax on cell phones or cable bills, for example, said John Bruggen, the county budget director.
"This utility tax has never happened before," Bruggen said. "We’re really uncertain as to what it will be applied for or what it will collect until we talk with the Ohio Department of Taxation."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, December 14, 2015
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