Publication 216, The First 100 Years


Telephone Users Surcharge

In 1976 an Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Law was passed to take effect July 1, 1977. The surcharge, which is administered by the Board of Equalization, was initially imposed at a rate of one-half of one percent on all charges for telephone communication services within the state. The revenues derived therefrom are to be used for the funding of a 911 statewide emergency telephone system through which a person might contact police, fire departments, rescue squads, etc. by dialing 911. The fact that the program will not become fully operative until December 1, 1984, has aroused opposition from taxpayers to paying this tax so far in advance.126

126 The Board of Equalization has recommended that this law be repealed.