Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article VIII - "9-1-1" Emergency Telephone Tax

If it should appear that an amount of sur­charge has been paid which was not due under the pro­vi­sions of this Arti­cle, whether as a result of a mis­take of fact or an error of law, then such amount shall be cred­it against any sur­charge due, or to become due, under this Arti­cle from the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion car­ri­er who made the erro­neous payment.

(See 750 ILCS Sec. 15.3)


Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, with the remit­tance of the sur­charge amount to the­Coun­tyTrea­sur­er, each telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion car­ri­er shall make a return to the­Coun­tyTrea­sur­er and to any Emer­gency Tele­phone Sys­tem Board which may be cre­at­ed in the future, stat­ing the fol­low­ing for the peri­od for which the remit­tance applies:

(A) The name of the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions carrier.

(B) The telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion carrier’s prin­ci­pal place of business.

(C) The num­ber of net­work con­nec­tions to which a sur­charge applies.

(D) The amount of sur­charge due.

(E) Any amounts which may have been deduct­ed by the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion car­ri­er pur­suant to this Arti­cle or pur­suant to State statute.

(F) Such oth­er infor­ma­tion as the Coun­ty of Union or an Emer­gency Tele­phone Sys­tem Board, which may here­after be cre­at­ed, may require.

The Coun­ty Trea­sur­er is to cre­ate an emer­gency tele­phone sys­tem fund in which all monies received by the sur­charge imposed under this Arti­cle shall be deposit­ed.  The Coun­ty Trea­sur­er is here­by deemed to be the cus­to­di­an of the Emer­gency Tele­phone Sys­tem Fund.  All inter­est accru­ing on the Emer­gency Tele­phone Sys­tem Fund shall remain in the fund.  The sur­charge due and owing by the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion car­ri­er shall be remit­ted to the Coun­ty Trea­sur­er who shall deposit said amount in the Emer­gency Tele­phone Sys­tem Fund.

The amount of the sur­charge due and owing shall be paid to the Coun­ty not lat­er than nine­ty (90) days after the sur­charge lia­bil­i­ty accrues, net of any net­work or oth­er “9–1‑1” or sophis­ti­cat­ed “9–1‑1” sys­tem charge then due the par­tic­u­lar telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion car­ri­er as shown on an item­ized bill and the three per­cent (3%) account­ing and col­lec­tion charge described in Sec­tion 36–8‑3.

he sur­charge shall be imposed on the first (1st) day of the month fol­low­ing the expi­ra­tion of nine­ty (90) days from the date the Coun­ty Clerk cer­ti­fies to any of the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion car­ri­ers who are sub­ject to the sur­charge that the ref­er­en­dum referred to in Sec­tion 36–8‑2 of this Arti­cle has passed. 

For the pur­pose of this Arti­cle, the fol­low­ing def­i­n­i­tions shall apply:

(A) “Net­work connection(s)” means the num­ber of voice grade com­mu­ni­ca­tions chan­nels direct­ly between a sub­scriber and a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion carrier’s pub­lic switched net­work with­out the inter­ven­tion of any oth­er telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion carrier’s switched net­work which would be required to car­ry the sub­scribers inter­premis­es traffic.

(B) “Trans­mit­ting mes­sages” shall have the mean­ing ascribed to a term in Chap­ter 24; Sec­tion 8–11‑2 of the Illi­nois Munic­i­pal Code.

(C) “Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion car­ri­er” means any nat­ur­al indi­vid­ual, form, trust, estate, part­ner­ship, asso­ci­a­tion, joint stock com­pa­ny, joint adven­ture, cor­po­ra­tion, munic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion or polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion of this State, or a receiv­er, trustee, con­ser­va­tor or oth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tive appoint­ed by the order of any court engaged in the busi­ness of trans­mit­ting mes­sages by means of electricity.

In lieu of the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion car­ri­ers impos­ing a three per­cent (3%) account­ing and col­lec­tion charge on its sub­scribers as per­mit­ted under the “Act”, each telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion car­ri­er is here­by autho­rized and instruct­ed to recov­er said account­ing and col­lec­tion charge by deduct­ing three per­cent (3%) from the amount of sur­charge, which is Two Dol­lars Fifty Cents ($2.50) per line per month, per in-ser­vice net­work con­nec­tion, oth­er­wise due and owing the Coun­ty pri­or to remit­tance under Sec­tion 36–8‑6 and 36–8‑7 of this Arti­cle. 

A sur­charge is here­by imposed at a rate of One Dol­lar ($1.00) per month in-ser­vice net­work con­nec­tion, oth­er than those net­work con­nec­tions assigned to the Coun­ty, where the sub­scribers ser­vice address for each net­work connection(s) are locat­ed with­in the cor­po­rate lim­its of the Coun­ty.  The “ser­vice address” shall mean the loca­tion of the subscriber’s pri­ma­ry use of the net­work connection(s).  A net­work con­nec­tion shall not be deemed in-ser­vice where a subscriber’s account is uncol­lectible. 

A sur­charge is here­by imposed, sub­ject to the pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 36–8‑2 of this Arti­cle, upon all telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions car­ri­ers engaged in the busi­ness of trans­mit­ting mes­sages by means of elec­tric­i­ty orig­i­nat­ing with­in the cor­po­rate lim­its of the Coun­ty and ter­mi­nat­ing with­in the State of Illi­nois for fund­ing of a “9–1‑1” emer­gency tele­phone sys­tem.