SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature may be on the verge of resolving a longstanding conflict over taxation of prepaid cell phones for emergency services.
The House Revenue Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on legislation backed by phone providers and 911 centers.
Much of the funding for Oregon's 911 centers comes from a charge of 75 cents per month for every landline and standard cell phone line. State lawyers have disagreed about whether the tax applies to the prepaid phones, and state lawmakers have struggled for years to agree on a legal way to collect it.
Under the compromise, phone companies would pay the tax for the first nine months of next year. Starting in October, consumers would pay 75 cents each time they purchase prepaid phone credits.