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Would you hesitate to call 911?

May 01, 2013

Would you hesitate to call 9-1-1 if you knew you could be charged a fee for the call?

For the residents of New Britain, this may not be a hypothetical question much longer. Mayor Tim O’Brien has proposed an ordinance charging residents an additional fee for “nuisance” 9-1-1 calls.

We have many problems with this proposed ordinance.

First, I know times are tough but public safety should never be deemed a revenue source. Take a moment to tell your lawmakers they should curtail this practice!

Secondly, we are concerned the city will use these 9-1-1 fees to generate revenue with little recourse for the people they impose them upon. In this instance, individuals and families who benefit most from 9-1-1 and other emergency service systems stand to be punished through this tax for calling 9-1-1 or having 9-1-1 called too often in their community.

This is simply not right and could lead to a decrease in public safety all for the sake of a little more revenue. That is why this week we are proud to launch an ad in support of legislation aimed at prohibiting cities and towns from charging additional fees for 9-1-1 calls.

Click here to watch the ad.

Representative Larry Butler (D-72nd District) is the sponsor of the bill, HB 6015, that would prohibit municipalities from assessing these senseless fees on good faith 9-1-1 calls.

Don’t let public safety suffer. Contact your legislators today and urge them to support HB 6015.

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