MONTESANO — The Grays Harbor County commissioners approved a new tax to be added to disposable or temporary cell phones that typically don’t have contracts. Funds generated will go to the Grays Harbor Emergency 911 dispatch center.
A new 70-cent tax will be added on to the bills for the cell phones, similar to an existing tax for customers, according to Peggy Fouts, the director of E-911.
Fouts says it’s unclear how much money will be raised since it’s an untapped market for the tax. She said the state Legislature cleared a new law earlier this year enabling the county to approve the new tax.
All three county commissioners on Monday approved the tax.
Each time a customer purchases a new phone or new minutes for the phone, the tax will kick in.
County Commissioner Herb Welch noted that the tax will hit his own household budget, since his wife uses a no-contract cell phone.