911 fee increase likely, residents could see increase on June bill

BATON ROUGE—A proposed monthly surcharge for 911 services in East Baton Rouge Parish could increase as early as June 1.

The East Baton Rouge Communications District is scheduled to hold a special board meeting on May 31 to vote on the increase, which would be the first since 2005.

The change is estimated to cost residential landline customers an additional $4.32 per year. Wireless customers could pay $4.80 more annually, while business landline customers could be paying $5.88 more per year.

The fee increase was proposed to help offset costs from a 62 percent increase in call volume to 911 for emergency services between 2019 and 2022. The fee would also assist in covering infrastructure costs for handling a larger number of 911 calls originating from cell phones. It is part of a plan outlined by the Federal Communications Commission, which requires public safety officials to field a new generation of 911 emergency call services for better locating those in need of emergency assistance.

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