Clallam: County eyes 25-cent tax hike on cellular telephones

PORT ANGELES — Cellular telephone users could soon pay another 25 cents a month to help fund Clallam County’s emergency services system.

County Administrator Dan Engelbertson said the 2002 state Legislature recently allowed counties to increase the monthly excise tax on cellular telephones from 25 cents to 50 cents to fund “enhanced 9-1-1” service.

A public hearing on the proposed excise tax increase is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 9 in Meeting Room 160 of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

“The volume of 9-1-1 calls by users of cellular communications systems and other similar wireless telecommunications systems has increased dramatically in recent years,” says the resolution to be considered by county commissioners Sept. 9.

The increase would make the excise tax paid by cellular telephone users equal to that paid by regular telephone users.

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