SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - State Senator Joe Leibham of Sheboygan wants to eliminate a bogus phone tax and establish a fairer way to pay for emergency communications. Leibham has introduced legislation to get rid of taxes on phone bills amounting to 35 to 75 cents per month per device which was supposed to fund 911 services. Leibham says that money has been diverted to the state’s general fund, and he says that’s dishonest. He would also get rid of a phone tax that counties can institute, which in Sheboygan County is 24 cents per month on a landline phone. Instead, Leibham’s plan would institute a 40 cent monthly fee on all telecommunication devices to establish a statewide 911 emergency program.
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