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Pueblo Police Chief seeks 911 tax hike to pay for emergency technology

Posted at 5:39 AM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 07:39:33-04

PUEBLO – The Pueblo Police Department wants to raise the 9-1-1- tax in the Steel City to match the tax for Pueblo County.

Right now people living in the city pay 70 cents from their phone bill into the tax.  Chief Troy Davenport wants to raise the tax to $1.50.

He says this is necessary because the department needs to improve its emergency technology.

“This is crucial, it gives us the opportunity to provide the service that we need to provide and there is no other funding for this. This is the only source,” Davenport told News5 on Tuesday.

The tax raise hasn’t been set in stone yet. Pueblo City Council still has to vote on the matter. Chief Davenport hopes to have this increase approved by the beginning of next year.