Increase in 911 fee approved in Berkeley County

April 02, 2004

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission formally approved an ordinance Thursday morning that will increase the monthly 911 fee from $1.50 to $2.75.

The increase will take effect Aug. 1.

All county residents with a land-line phone pay the fee, while cell phone users are charged $1.48 a month, a rate that is set by the state Legislature.

Approving the ordinance was a formality. Two weeks ago a public hearing was held on the matter, when for nearly an hour and a half people spoke both for and against the higher fee.

At that time, Commissioners Steve Teufel and Howard Strauss voted for the fee increase. The vote was the same Thursday.

County Commissioner John Wright did not attend either meeting.

Mary Kackley, director of Central Dispatch, has said the money will be used over the next 10 years to replace the county's 40-year-old radio system. New dispatcher and supervisory positions will be added, employees will receive higher salaries, more computer dispatch stations will be added and software will be purchased, she said.


Reserve funding will be collected to allow for construction of either a new 911 center or an addition to or remodeling of the existing center on South Queen Street.

The $2.75 rate will be the seventh-highest in the state. Jefferson County residents pay $1.90 a month, while Morgan County residents pay $2.50.

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