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City of Georgetown 911 Service Fee



IMPORTANT NOTICE: ACTION REQUIRED

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Pursuant to City of Georgetown Ordinance 2020-13, and effective December 1, 2020, all occupied units shall be subject to a monthly 911 Service Fee. Multi-unit buildings shall remit this fee for each occupied unit. For example: A four (4) unit apartment building with four (4) occupied units, in January, 2021, shall remit $24.00 per month. Failure to remit the fee(s) required under this Ordinance shall result in a $10/month penalty, per delinquent occupied unit. Any party responsible for payment of the 911 Service Fee who misrepresents his/her/its obligation to remit the Fee shall be guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor. IF MULTIPLE UNITS ARE REPRESENTED ON YOUR MONTHLY GMWSS BILL, PLEASE CONTACT GMWSS IMMEDIATELY TO REPORT THE NUMBER OF OCCUPIED UNITS ON YOUR PROPERTY(IES).

The revenue generated by this fee will be utilized for expenditures directly attributable to the establishment, operation or maintenance of a public safety answering point, the delivery of 911 emergency services, or the provision of 911 services. For additional information, please visit GMWSS.com/911.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Question:
I live outside the City of Georgetown, do I have to pay the 911 Service Fee?
Answer: No, the 911 Service Fee only applies within the City Limits.

 
Question: How much is the fee?
Answer: The schedule of fees is listed below:

Rate Effective December 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021: $6.00/month
Rate Effective July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022: $7.00/month
Rate Effective July 1, 2022: $8.00/month

Question: Who is required to pay the fee?
Answer: The party responsible for payment of a GMWSS utility bill (water, sewer, garbage, or any combination of these services) shall remit the fee for each occupied unit served under that bill.

Question: What do I do if a unit is unoccupied?
Answer: Report the unit vacancy to GMWSS using the 911 Fee Adjustment Request Form
• If/when the unit becomes occupied in the future, report the occupancy to GMWSS.
• Per ordinance:  A unit will be considered “occupied” if it generates the need for services such as water, sewer, gas, telephone, electric or solid waste collection.

• Changes can be made ONE time per month.
• Total number of units on the 10th of each month will be billed the 911 fee
 (depending on administrative timing of updates).


Question: Where does the revenue generated by this fee go?
Answer: The revenue generated by this fee will be exclusively utilized for expenditures directly attributable to the establishment, operation or maintenance of a public safety answering point, the delivery of 911 emergency services, or the provision of 911 services.

Question: What is the penalty for failure to remit the fee?
Answer: Failure to remit the fee(s) required under City of Georgetown Ordinance 2020-13 shall result in a $10/month penalty, per delinquent occupied unit. Any party responsible for payment of the 911 Service Fee who misrepresents his/her/its obligation to remit the Fee shall be guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor.

Question: If the City of Georgetown receives this revenue, why does GMWSS collect the fee?
Answer: GMWSS is administratively equipped to collect this fee in the most efficient manner.

Question: How did the City fund “expenditures directly attributable to the establishment, operation or maintenance of a public safety answering point, the delivery of 911 emergency services, or the provision of 911 services” prior to the imposition of this fee?
Answer: Prior to the assessment of the 911 Service Fee, the City’s portion of funding for the Georgetown-Scott County 911 Center operations was covered using general fund revenues.

Georgetown City Council Member Contact Information :
https://www.georgetownky.gov/2148/City-Council

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