LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A potential change to Livingston County law could correct a small discrepancy in the earnings of Livingston County’s 911 center from the sale of mobile devices with monthly plans compared to devices with pre-paid service.
The way it stands now, Livingston County collects 30 cents for its 911 Center as an ’emergency communications surcharge’ when anyone buys a cell phone with a recurring monthly bill in the County. The proposed change would expand this surcharge to include pre-paid wireless devices, like Tracfone.
“In addition to maintaining what we already have in our current local law, we are going to add on that 30 cent surcharge for wireless communications that don’t have a recurring monthly bill but are rather pre-paid,” said County Attorney Shannon Hillier. “So that 30 cents would be collected at the time of the purchase.”
The Livingston County Ways and Means Committee unanimously voted in favor of this updated law. If the Livingston County Board of Supervisors also votes in favor, the law would take effect on Dec. 1, 2017.
County Administrator Ian Coyle said that the proposed law levels the playing field when it comes to the emergency communications surcharge.
“There have been some reports out there that track the percentage of non-monthly recurring devices out there and report that it’s upwards of 40 percent in some counties,” said Coyle. “That’s a market share that we’re not capitalizing on right now. This new law would even the playing field for us a little bit.”
The Board of Supervisors is set to vote on the new law on Wednesday, June 14.