Legislation under which the District was created authorizes the District to receive a monthly per-line fee of up to three percent of the service provider’s base rate from each telephone customer. The board set the Tarrant County fee at two percent of AT&T’s rate (formerly Southwestern Bell). The monthly fees assessed for each customer are as follows:


Residential Lines:

Business Lines:

Business Trunks:


.20 per line

1.75 per line

2.50 per line


RESOLUTION – updated August 23, 2021


History at a Glance

  • In 1984 the Texas Legislature passed the Emergency Communication District Act authorizing Texas counties with populations over 75,000 to establish a special 9-1-1 service district.
  • In April 1985, the citizens of Tarrant County overwhelmingly approved (86.5% of the vote) a referendum creating a communications district and giving the authorization to collect a service fee (20 cents per residential phone line, 46 cents per business phone line, and 74 cents per business trunk line). Following the 1985 balloting, the Tarrant County 9-1-1 Emergency Assistance District was staffed and began implementation of 9-1-1 districtwide.
  • On August 1, 1987, enhanced 9-1-1 was implemented in Tarrant County.