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Wayne supervisors approve wireless surcharge, but not without debate

The Wayne County Board of Supervisors last week finally approved a revised wireless surcharge that now includes prepaid plans, but it didn’t come without the rancor that had characterized the previous meeting where the resolution was first considered.

Changes to the state tax law that take effect in December impose a state surcharge on the retail sale of prepaid wireless communications services. The amendment expands the current surcharge imposed on post-paid wireless services, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Counties have the option to impose these surcharges, and Wayne supervisors agreed to approve the amended charge.

The amendment was approved by the state Legislature in response to the rise of pre-paid plans such as TracPhone. While those with monthly plans have been paying a 30-cent surcharge for years, people using pre-paid plans such as TracPhone have not.

Ontario Town Supervisor John Smith noted that the revenue collected from the surcharge goes to help counties fund their E-911 centers.

However, with the rise in pre-paid plans, Smith said, the county has “seen it edge off.”

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