King William needs to account for tax money already in hand

There is a proposal in front of the King William Board of Supervisors for about $800,000 to upgrade the county 911 system. I seem to recall several upgrades in the past 8-10 years but that is a side issue for another discussion.

The matter at hand is where this $800,000 will come from. I was reminded when I paid my recent Verizon phone bill that existing 911 taxes are collected each month on our various phone bills, whether it is a land-based line or a cellphone.

To be accurate, I retrieved my actual Verizon bill and noted the various detailed taxes/charges that are already being paid by each one of us for 911 services in our communities. The following list contains the typical phone charges for these various taxes. Under the heading Fees and Other Charges are the following:

E-911 Tax: $.75

Va. Communications Sales Tax: $2.43

Fed Excise Tax: $.45

Va. Public Rights-of-Way Use Fee: $1.09

VLD Carrier Cost Recovery Charge: $1.25

Fed Subscriber Line Charge: $6.50

Fed Universal Service Fee: $2.86

Local License Tax Surcharge: $.18

VLD Long Distance Admin Chg.: $.74

Va. Gross Receipts Tax Surcharge: $.05

Va. Tax Recovery Charge: $ .04

Total taxes and fees: $16.34

Whatever portion of these charges imposed on every single phone flows back to the county has to collectively add up to some significant amount of money. I am sure if I take the time to dig through the county budget, revenue section I can decipher what the amount is. The question is: Was this money collected to pay for 911 upgrades, used for those upgrades?

It is a fair question and one our Board of Supervisors should answer before they spend the anticipated $800,000. Accountability isn’t just a word, it is something all citizens should demand from our elected officials.

Bob Shannon

Founder King William T.E.A. Party

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