State To Start Collecting Fee On Prepaid Wireless

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas residents who use prepaid wireless phones and phone cards will pay a little more next year.

Starting New Year's Day, the state will begin collecting a 1.06 percent fee on prepaid phones and phone cards.

The Department of Revenue announced Tuesday that the fee revenue
will be used to help develop emergency dispatch centers with equipment, system upgrades and licensing and training fees.

Lawmakers approved the new fee earlier this year.

The fee applies to newly purchased phones with preloaded minutes or rebates for airtime. It also applies when phone cards or prepaid phones are recharged.

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