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Pre-paid cell phone fee to help Dougherty Co. 911 center

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Dougherty County leaders hope to use a cell phone fee to improve the 911 center.

People who use pre-paid wireless phones pay a 75-cent fee when they buy the phone and add minutes to it.

The state collects the fee, but the county may pass an ordinance to keep the money here to help fund 911 operations and offset money being lost as more people move away from landline phones.

"If they do not pass an ordinance to authorize the collection of the fee, the money will still be collected as a state fee. It'll go to the state and it will wind up being distributed among those communities that have 911 centers and have actually passed an ordinance," said EMA Deputy Director Jim Vaught.

A new state law passed this year allows that change.

 

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