TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- If you have a serious emergency, you know the number to call, 911. You actually help fund their services through your telephone bill, but that will soon go down for some and up for others.
People in Florida subscribed to a wireless service pay out 50 cents to the E911 fee. A new law signed by Governor Scott lowers it to 40 cents.
This concerns some who believe 911 centers already need more funding. The Department of Revenue estimates the E911 fund will lose 1.2 million dollars for this fiscal year.
But, the new law will now add the E911 fee to prepaid phones bought at stores, so state officials believe the number will eventually be much higher.
"This is about safety at the end. We want to make sure that the police and the fire and EMS get out when people need them the most," said Amber Hughes with the Florida League of Cities.
The E911 fee raises close to $130 million dollars each year to support emergency call centers. The DOR estimates the new law will eventually increase the fee by $2.7 million.