New county law taxes cell phones

NORWICH – Despite a handful of lawmakers who dug in their heels again, a new local law imposing a 30 cent monthly surcharge on individual cell phone usage passed the Chenango County Board of Supervisors by a vote of 17 to 5.

The law would impose the tax on every devise used except by Lifeline customers and county employees who use cell phones in the line of work.

The measure was suggested at the committee level nearly three years ago, debated and passed at the board level in February, and moved onto the state’s legislature. The law required state-level action in order for the county to impose the tax in lieu of home rule, the county’s system of municipal self-government.

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