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Cell Phone Tariff for 911

Cell Phone Tariff for 911
By: Wes Wallace

DEXTER, Mo. - Most of us who own cell phones keep them in case of an emergency.  Ironically, Missouri is the only state in the U.S. without a tariff on cell phones, and a big number of 911 calls come from those hand held devices.  Plus, 911 centers only get their revenue from land line fees.

"We're down about $58,000 dollars this year from a drop in land line revenue," said Carol Moreland, director of Stoddard County 911. "We've lost about $150,000 in the last three years, so we really need to make up that deficit."

Right now, it's up to Governor Matt Blunt to create a statewide tariff for cell phones.  A search committee is currently reviewing the situation and should report to Blunt in the near future.

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