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Cabell County raises landline fees to fund 911 center

Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer Angie Ferguson monitors calls at the Cabell County 911 communication center on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Huntington. Cabell County Commission voted Thursday to increase the fee on landlines that helps fund the 911 center.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer
Angie Ferguson monitors calls at the Cabell County 911 communication center on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Huntington. Cabell County Commission voted Thursday to increase the fee on landlines that helps fund the 911 center.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Cabell County residents and businesses with landline phones will soon see an increase on their phone bills.

The Cabell County Commission voted Thursday to increase the landline tariff for residential and business lines in order to compensate for an anticipated $430,000 increase in next year’s medical insurance for employees at the Cabell County Emergency Response Center.

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

Two Huntington residents were at the meeting to voice their dissent for the increase, both saying it unfairly targets businesses and seniors…

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