911 fee to go up

The emergency communication service charge fee, also known as 911 fee, is going up.

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) and Coffee County Commission voted to support the increase of the 911 fee from $1.16 to $1.50.

BOMA approved the increase on Sept. 3, with Alderman Ryan French casting a dissenting vote. The full commission voted on Sept. 10, with all present commissioners supporting the change.  

The 911 fee is paid by consumers on each retail transaction when purchasing prepaid wireless calling services and on all monthly wireline and non-prepaid wireless communications services.

Prepaid wireless calling services includes prepaid wireless phone cards, recharge or refill authorization codes, and prepaid cell phones or other prepaid wireless devices preloaded with airtime minutes, according to the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

The funds collected from the 911 fee goes to the advancement of technology used to provide emergency communication services (911 services).

The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board has already adopted a recommendation to increase the fee from $1.16 to $1.50, which must be approved by a joint resolution of the State Senate and House of Representatives.