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WA Legislature OKs tax increase for 911 upgrades

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State lawmakers have approved a bill that lets counties and the state increase taxes on land lines and cell phones to pay for 911 system upgrades. Voice over Internet phone services would be taxed as well under the bill, which got final approval from the state House on a 56-34 vote Friday.

Once it's signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire, the measure will allow counties to increase their 911 excise tax to 70 cents per month, up from the current 50 cents. The state tax would increase 5 cents, to 25 cents per month.

The money would help modernize 911 systems, especially in rural counties. The new system would include voice and data texting to help hearing impaired or deaf residents.

 

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