Pa. House approves increasing 911 fee from $1 to $1.65

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvanians may soon be paying a larger monthly fee on their phone bills with state House passage of a measure designed to help counties fund their 911 emergency communications centers.

The House voted 134 to 59 on Monday in favor of increasing the fee from $1 a month to $1.65. It still requires action in the Senate and the governor’s approval.

The county commissioners’ association wants the state to double the fee, to $2.

Supporters say counties are struggling with operations and technology costs for the 911 system.

Opponents argue the state already taxes residents enough.

If a new law isn’t in place by the end of June, the $1-a-month fee will expire.

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