Enrolled House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Statewide 911 system. Removes the requirement that a county council (for a county adjusted gross income tax) or a county income tax council (for a county option income tax) must impose certain additional tax rates as a condition of imposing an additional tax rate for public safety (public safety LOIT). Provides that in a county in which a public safety LOIT is not in effect on July 1, 2015, the county council or county income tax council (as appropriate) may adopt a resolution providing that up to 100% of the tax revenue from a public safety LOIT imposed by a Statewide 911 system. Removes the requirement that a county council (for a county adjusted gross income tax) or a county income tax council (for a county option income tax) must impose certain additional tax rates as a condition of imposing an additional tax rate for public safety (public safety LOIT). Provides that in a county in which a public safety LOIT is not in effect on July 1, 2015, the county council or county income tax council (as appropriate) may adopt a resolution providing that up to 100% of the tax revenue from a public safety LOIT imposed by a county shall be dedicated to a PSAP in the county that is part of the statewide 911 system. Provides that in a county in which a public safety LOIT is in effect on July 1, 2015, the county council or county income tax council (as appropriate) may adopt a resolution providing that up to 100% of the public safety LOIT tax revenue derived from the part of the tax rate that exceeds the tax rate in effect on July 1, 2015, shall be dedicated a PSAP in the county that is part of the statewide 911 system. Authorizes the fiscal bodies of a county and another political subdivision that are parties to a contract under which the county has assumed the responsibility of operating a PSAP to jointly petition the department of local government finance to adjust the maximum property tax levies of the respective units. Increases the enhanced prepaid wireless charge from $0.50 to $1. Increases the statewide 911 fee for a standard user from $0.90 to $1. Provides that: (1) the statewide 911 board (board) may increase the enhanced prepaid wireless charge and the statewide 911 fee only one time after June 30, 2015, and before July 1, 2020 (and only after review by the budget committee); and (2) if the charge or fee is increased, the amount of the increase must be ten cents. Establishes a $1 enhanced prepaid wireless charge, a $1 statewide 911 fee, and payment schedules for providers that are designated as eligible telecommunications carriers for purposes of receiving reimbursement from the universal service fund. Authorizes the board to audit wireless telecommunications service providers on an annual basis to determine compliance with statewide 911 laws. Beginning with the 2016 fiscal year, requires the board to ensure a distribution of statewide 911 fees to each county in an amount equal to the amount distributed to the county in the 2014 fiscal year. Requires PSAPs to provide an annual report to the board concerning dispatch costs and funding. Requires the board to forward the report to the general assembly. Makes technical corrections. ... View more