- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Cabell County residents and businesses with landline phones can expect to see an increase on their phone bills.

The Herald-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1ORXMtC) that the Cabell County Commission voted Thursday to increase the landline tariff for residential and business lines in order to compensate for an anticipated $43,000 increase in next year’s medical insurance for emergency response employees.

The fee has been raised from $2.50 per month for residential lines to $7 and from $3 for business lines to $9.50.

The emergency response center has only two sources of revenue for their roughly $3 million budget - the fees on landlines and the $3 state fee on wireless plans.

Mike Davis, director of the county response center, says if the fee increase wasn’t passed, five employees would have to be let go.


Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, https://www.herald-dispatch.com

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