First reading passes to add 911 service fee to water bill in Henderson Co.

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – Henderson County officials preliminarily pass a proposal to change the way 911 service fees are collected.

Currently, a two dollar and 50-cent fee is attached to phone bills.

The city wants to add that to water bills instead with so many people ditching landlines.

The city wanted to raise the rate to four dollars. But the county wanted to keep it the same.

So, county leaders compromised to avoid possible legal consequences of having different rates.

“It’s hard to predict how technology will impact communities but this is one example. So, working with the city, trying to make sure we stay within the legal boundaries ended up in a compromise of $3.25 that will be moved to water bills. And the city is going to do the same thing.”

The increase adds about nine dollars a year.

Both the county and city still have to vote on this before it goes into effect.

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(This story was originally published on August 12, 2019)

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