Ky’s high court upholds fee to pay for 911 services

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A divided Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the validity of a fee assessed by Campbell County to pay for 911 services.

The $45 annual fee is levied on occupied housing and commercial units in the county.

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The fee was challenged by an apartment association claiming the county violated the state’s constitution in assessing the fee.

In his majority opinion Thursday, Justice Bill Cunningham says the county acted within its constitution and statutory authority.

Cunningham says targeting occupied properties is a logical way to generate revenue to support 911 services.

The ruling drew a dissent from Justice Daniel Venters. He says the fee is actually a tax on property that violates the constitution because it’s not assessed on an ad valorem basis. He was joined by Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.