Relates to communication service surcharges applied to Tompkins county.
BILL NUMBER: S5882
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the county law, in relation to allowing the county of Tompkins to increase the surcharge on access lines from thirty-five cents to one dollar
PURPOSE : To permit Tompkins County to impose a surcharge on each telephone landline to: pay for the costs associated with obtaining, operating and maintaining! an enhanced emergency 911 communication system.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 adds a new section 303a to the county law that would permit Tompkins County to adopt, amend or repeal local laws to impose a surcharge in an amount not to exceed one dollar per telephone landline per month.
Section 2 declares that any such local law state the amount of the surcharge, the date on, which the service supplier begins to add the surcharge, and the date on which the enhanced 911 service is to begin. Section 2 also states the service provider may begin billing its customers for the surcharge prior to the date the E911 system service is to begin.
JUSTIFICATION : This bill is being introduced at the request of Tompkins County acting through its board. Tompkins County anticipates installing a fully-interoperable emergency communication system, serving all police, fire, and EMT agencies in the county. The cost of this project is expected to reach $33 million. In an effort to fund this project, Tompkins County is requesting the ability to increase the telephone surcharge imposed on landlines. If enacted into law, this act would ensure that Tompkins County has the ability to impose a surcharge of up to $1 on each line.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : None.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5882 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 15, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. WINNER, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the county law, in relation to allowing the county of Tompkins to increase the surcharge on access lines from thirty-five cents to one dollar THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The county law is amended by adding a new section 303-a to read as follows: S 303-A. COUNTY OF TOMPKINS SURCHARGE FOR SYSTEM COSTS. 1. NOTWITH- STANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE COUNTY OF TOMP- KINS, ACTING THROUGH ITS BOARD, IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO ADOPT, AMEND OR REPEAL LOCAL LAWS TO IMPOSE A SURCHARGE IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED ONE DOLLAR PER ACCESS LINE PER MONTH ON THE CUSTOMERS OF EVERY SERVICE SUPPLIER WITHIN THE COUNTY OF TOMPKINS TO PAY FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH OBTAINING, OPERATING AND MAINTAINING THE TELECOMMUNI- CATION EQUIPMENT AND TELEPHONE SERVICES NEEDED TO PROVIDE AN ENHANCED 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM TO SERVE THE COUNTY OF TOMPKINS. 2. ANY SUCH LOCAL LAW SHALL STATE THE AMOUNT OF THE SURCHARGE, THE DATE ON WHICH THE SERVICE SUPPLIER SHALL BEGIN TO ADD SUCH SURCHARGE TO THE BILLINGS OF ITS CUSTOMERS AND, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, THE DATE ON WHICH SUCH E911 SERVICE IS TO BEGIN. SUCH LOCAL LAW MAY AUTHORIZE THE SERVICE SUPPLIER TO BEGIN BILLING ITS CUSTOMERS FOR SUCH SURCHARGE PRIOR TO THE DATE THE E911 SYSTEM SERVICE IS TO BEGIN. 3. ANY SERVICE SUPPLIER WITHIN THE COUNTY OF TOMPKINS WHICH HAS IMPOSED A SURCHARGE PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE GIVEN A MINIMUM OF FORTY-FIVE DAYS WRITTEN NOTICE PRIOR TO THE DATE IT SHALL BEGIN TO ADD SUCH SURCHARGE TO THE BILLINGS OF ITS CUSTOMERS OR PRIOR TO ANY MODIFICATION TO OR CHANGE IN THE SURCHARGE AMOUNT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14319-01-9