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Thomas Co. adds 911 fee

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Folks who purchase prepaid cell phones in Thomas County have been spared 911 fees, until now.

Thomas County Commissioners added a 75 cent fee to every purchase of prepaid phones. The retailer selling the phones will collect the money and send it to the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Officials say over the last three years that revenue has grown to nearly 28 million dollars. "The moneys as always will be used directly for 911. As we all know the 911 fees are earmarked for 911 for training, for equipment, etc," said E-911 Director Ann Powell.

A Department of Revenue formula will determine how much each county receives. Thomas County will be eligible to collect the new fees in October.

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