Session of 1999
By Committee on Assessment and Taxation

  9             AN  ACT relating to emergency telephone services; concerning the fi-
10             nancing thereof; amending K.S.A. 12-5303 and K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 12-
11             5302 and repealing the existing sections.
13       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
14             Section  1. K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 12-5302 is hereby amended to read as
15       follows: 12-5302. (a) In addition to other powers for the protection of the
16       public health and welfare, a governing body may provide for the operation
17       of an emergency telephone service and may pay for it by imposing an
18       emergency telephone tax for such service in those portions of the gov-
19       erning body's jurisdiction for which emergency telephone service has
20       been contracted. The governing body may do such other acts as are ex-
21       pedient for the protection and preservation of the public health and wel-
22       fare and are necessary for the operation of the emergency telephone
23       system. The governing body is hereby authorized by ordinance in the case
24       of cities and by resolution in the case of counties to impose such tax in
25       those portions of the governing body's jurisdiction for which emergency
26       telephone service has been contracted. The amount of such tax shall not
27       exceed $.75 per month per exchange access line or its equivalent.
28             (b) Within 60 days of the publication of a resolution by a county
29       adopted pursuant to subsection (a) there may be filed with the county
30       election officer of the county a petition signed by not less than 5% of the
31       registered voters of the county, and within 60 days of publication of an
32       ordinance adopted pursuant to subsection (a) there may be filed with the
33       county election officer of the county in which the city is located a petition
34       signed by not less than 5% of the registered voters of the city, in either
35       such case requesting that the question of the installation and operation
36       of emergency telephone service and imposition of tax therefor be sub-
37       mitted to the qualified voters of the county. Upon determination of the
38       sufficiency of such petition and certification thereof by the county elec-
39       tion officer, the proposition shall be submitted to the qualified voters of
40       the county or city as the case may be at the next primary or general
41       election of county officers following by not less than 60 days the certifi-
42       cation of such petition. If a majority of the votes cast at such election are
43       for the installation and operation of emergency telephone service and

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  1       imposition of tax therefor, or if no protest petition is filed within the time
  2       hereinbefore prescribed, the governing body may provide for the instal-
  3       lation and operation of such service and impose such tax. If a tax is im-
  4       posed on the effective date of this act or thereafter, any proposed increase
  5       in the amount of the tax shall be subject to the protest petition provided
  6       in this subsection. The proceeds of the tax shall be utilized to pay for the
  7       operation of emergency telephone service as set forth in subsection (b)
  8       of K.S.A. 12-5304, and amendments thereto, and may be imposed at any
  9       time subsequent to execution of a contract with the provider of such
10       service at the discretion of the governing body. The collection of such tax
11       may begin at the time determined to be necessary to generate revenue
12       in an amount necessary to pay the nonrecurring expenses of establishing
13       the emergency telephone service. Any interest earned on revenue derived
14       from such tax shall be used to pay the expenses authorized by K.S.A. 12-
15       5304, and amendments thereto. Such tax shall not be imposed until after
16       the expiration of the protest period or until after approved at an election
17       if a sufficient protest petition is filed.
18             (c) As an alternative to the procedure provided in subsection (b), the
19       governing body may submit, on its own initiative, the proposal to establish
20       an emergency telephone service to the qualified voters of the city or
21       county for approval. Any such election shall be called and held in the
22       manner provided by the general bond law.
23             (d) Such tax shall be imposed only upon exchange access lines or their
24       equivalent. No such tax shall be imposed upon more than 100 exchange
25       access facilities or their equivalent per person per location.
26             (e) Every billed service user shall be liable for any tax imposed under
27       this act until it has been paid to the service supplier. Wireless service
28       users shall be exempt from the emergency telephone tax.
29             (f) The duty to collect any tax imposed under authority of this act
30       from a service user shall commence at such time as specified by the
31       governing body. Taxes imposed under authority of this act and required
32       by it to be collected by the service supplier shall be added to and may be
33       stated separately in the billings to the service user.
34             (g) The service supplier shall have no obligation to take any legal
35       action to enforce the collection of any tax imposed under authority of this
36       act. The service supplier shall provide annually the governing body with
37       a list of amounts uncollected along with the names and addresses of those
38       service users which carry a balance that can be determined by the service
39       supplier to be nonpayment of any tax imposed under authority of this act.
40             (h) Any tax imposed under authority of this act shall be collected
41       insofar as practicable at the same time as, and along with, the charges for
42       the tariff rate in accordance with the regular billing practice of the service
43       supplier.

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  1             Sec.  2. K.S.A. 12-5303 is hereby amended to read as follows: 12-
  2       5303. (a) Any tax imposed under authority of this act Except as provided
  3       by subsection (b), any tax imposed pursuant to K.S.A. 12-5302, and
  4       amendments thereto, and the amounts required to be collected are due
  5       quarterly. The amount of tax collected in one calendar quarter by the
  6       service supplier shall be remitted to the governing body no later than sixty
  7       60 days after the close of a calendar quarter. On or before the sixtieth
  8       60th day of each calendar quarter following, a return for the preceding
  9       quarter shall be filed with the governing body in such form as the gov-
10       erning body and service supplier shall agree. The service supplier re-
11       quired to file the return shall deliver the return together with a remittance
12       of the amount of the tax payable to the office of the governing body. The
13       service supplier shall maintain records of the amount of any tax collected
14       pursuant to action in accord with this act. Such records shall be main-
15       tained for a period of one year from the time the tax is collected.
16             (b) From every remittance to the governing body made on or before
17       the date when the same becomes due, the service supplier required to
18       remit the same shall be entitled to deduct and retain, as an administrative
19       fee, an amount equal to two percent (2%) 2% thereof.
20             (b) Funds derived from the tax imposed pursuant to K.S.A. 12-5302,
21       and amendments thereto, on cellular, mobile or wireless telephones shall
22       be collected and remitted as follows: The service supplier of cellular, mo-
23       bile or wireless telephone systems shall separate such moneys by the zip
24       code of the wireless service user and remit those moneys, less the 2%
25       administrative fee, to the governing body of the city or county imposing
26       such tax to fund the PSAP which serves as the primary answering point
27       for such zip code.
28             Any and all funds collected from cellular, mobile or wireless telephone
29       systems shall not be subject to public disclosure or the amount of taxes
30       remitted by any service supplier.
31             Except as provided by this subsection, the service supplier shall remit
32       the amount of tax collected in the manner provided by subsection (a).
33             (c) At least once each calendar year, the governing body shall estab-
34       lish a tax rate, not to exceed the amount authorized, that together with
35       any surplus revenues carried forward will produce sufficient revenues to
36       fund the expenditures authorized by this act. Amounts collected in excess
37       of that necessary within a given year shall be carried forward to subse-
38       quent years. The governing body shall make its determination of such tax
39       rate each year no later than September 1 and shall fix the new rate to
40       take effect commencing with the first billing period of each customer on
41       or following the next January 1. Immediately upon making its determi-
42       nation and fixing the rate, the governing body shall publish in its minutes
43       the new rate, and it shall notify by registered mail every service supplier

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  1       at least ninety (90) 90 days before such new rate will become effective.
  2       The governing body may at its own expense require an annual audit of
  3       the service supplier's books and records concerning the collection and
  4       remittance of the tax authorized by this act. 
  5       Sec.  3. K.S.A. 12-5303 and K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 12-5302 are hereby
  6       repealed.
  7        Sec.  4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
  8       publication in the statute book.