New Prepaid Wireless Fee-- Effective July 1, 2012, all retail merchants in Indiana that sell prepaid wireless phone services and cards must collect a fee of $.50 per sales transaction. Retail merchants also are required by this new law to notify customers of this new fee. More information can be found at the Department of Revenue web site or at the IN911 web site.
Public Meeting notice of the Statewide 9-1-1 Board
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:00 AM 2nd floor conference center 10 West Market Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
House Enrolled Act No. 1475
Key elements from the 911 Act
1. Authorizes the fiscal bodies of a county and another political subdivision that are parties to a contract under which the county has assumed the responsibilities of operating a public safety answering point to jointly petition the department of local government finance to adjust the maximum permissible ad valorem property tax levies of the respective units.
2. Removes the requirement that a county council (for a county adjusted gross income tax) or a county income tax council (for a local option income tax) must impose certain additional tax rates as a condition of imposing an additional tax rate (.1%) for public safety.
3. Establishes that a county council may adopt a resolution providing that up to one hundred percent (100%) of tax revenue under #2 be distributed to a PSAP. Rates established after July 1, 2025 under this subsection which increases the revenue may be distributed to a PSAP at one hundred percent (100%).
4. Increases the statewide 911 fee: (1) for a prepaid user from $0.50 to $1; and (2) for a standard user from $0.90 to $1.
5. Requires the statewide 911 board to escrow funds of any county not consolidated.
6. Establishes new remittance practices for communication service providers who as an eligible telecommunications carrier receive reimbursement for those services.
7. Allows a one-time fee increase of $.10 cents.
8. Authorizes the statewide 911 board (board) to audit wireless telecommunications service providers on an annual basis to determine compliance with statewide 911 laws.
9. Adds the provisioning of broadband Internet access service as a technical exemption.
10. Places the Director of the Department of Homeland Security and the State's GIS Coordinator on the statewide board as advisory members.
11. Beginning with the 2016 state fiscal year, requires the board to distribute funding to local government by, (1) in amounts equal to the distributions during the 2014 fiscal years; (2) by the 90/10 formula (90% based on population and 10% based on equal share).
12. Requires public safety answering points to provide an annual report to the 911 board concerning dispatch costs and funding. Requires the board to forward the report to the general assembly.
13. Allows the fiscal body of a political subdivision to adopt an ordinance to authorize payment in advance of all or part of the cost of specific expenses of a PSAP from any legally available fund of the political subdivision and then reimburse that fund.