By early next year, Morgan County residents hope to be able to make telephone calls to the Ogden area and part of Davis County without paying long-distance charges.
The state Public Service Commission will mail a final survey to 90 percent of Morgan County residents during the next two weeks. The survey asks whether residents will be willing to pay an additional fee in order to have local calling to the Ogden, Clearfield and east Layton areas.Darlene Musselman of Morgan has been pushing for the extended-area service for Morgan County for years. She said Monday the service would cost 53 cents per month for Morgan residents who have the 829 telephone prefix and 68 cents per month for residents who have the 876 prefix.
The cost difference is due to the number of customers sharing the expenses, she said.
Musselman said she is confident county residents will vote in favor of the increase in their phone bills in order to avoid the long-distance charges.
"It will not only help with the costs of calling for the residents, but it will also increase the business that will be generated from the Ogden Valley to the Morgan Valley, because the customers will not have to pay a long-distance fee to call our businesses," she said.
If the survey vote is approved, Musselman said, the initial hookup from US WEST will take place on or before Jan. 1, 1997.