Contra Costa voters may decide on 911 tax

June 1, 2009 2:34:31 PM PDT
The Contra Costa Sheriff's Office may now ask voters to decide whether to pay an extra tax to help staff its 911 dispatch center.

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The funds would also allow them to take calls directly from cell phones, which are now routed through the CHP call center.

A consulting firm has recommended placing a tax of $2.15 to about 177,000 phone lines. If it makes it onto the ballot, two-thirds of voters still would have to approve it.

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