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(50 ILCS 750/30)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2021)
Statewide 9-1-1 Fund; surcharge disbursement.
(a) A special fund in the State treasury known as the Wireless Service Emergency Fund shall be renamed the Statewide 9-1-1 Fund. Any appropriations made from the Wireless Service Emergency Fund shall be payable from the Statewide 9-1-1 Fund. The Fund shall consist of the following:
(1) 9-1-1 wireless surcharges assessed under the
Wireless Emergency Telephone Safety Act.
(2) 9-1-1 surcharges assessed under Section 20 of
(3) Prepaid wireless 9-1-1 surcharges assessed under
Section 15 of the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act.
(4) Any appropriations, grants, or gifts made to the
(5) Any income from interest, premiums, gains, or
other earnings on moneys in the Fund.
(6) Money from any other source that is deposited in
or transferred to the Fund.
(b) Subject to appropriation and availability of funds, the Department shall distribute the 9-1-1 surcharges monthly as follows:
(1) From each surcharge collected and remitted under
(A) $0.013 shall be distributed monthly in equal
amounts to each County Emergency Telephone System Board or qualified governmental entity in counties with a population under 100,000 according to the most recent census data which is authorized to serve as a primary wireless 9-1-1 public safety answering point for the county and to provide wireless 9-1-1 service as prescribed by subsection (b) of Section 15.6a of this Act, and which does provide such service.
(B) $0.033 shall be transferred by the
Comptroller at the direction of the Department to the Wireless Carrier Reimbursement Fund until June 30, 2017; from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, $0.026 shall be transferred; from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, $0.020 shall be transferred; from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, $0.013 shall be transferred; from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, $0.007 will be transferred; and after June 30, 2021, no transfer shall be made to the Wireless Carrier Reimbursement Fund.
(C) Until December 31, 2017, $0.007 and on and
after January 1, 2018, $0.017 shall be used to cover the Department's administrative costs.
(D) Beginning January 1, 2018, until June 30,
2020, $0.12, and on and after July 1, 2020, $0.04 shall be used to make monthly proportional grants to the appropriate 9-1-1 Authority currently taking wireless 9-1-1 based upon the United States Postal Zip Code of the billing addresses of subscribers wireless carriers.
(E) Until June 30, 2021, $0.05 shall be used by
the Department for grants for NG9-1-1 expenses, with priority given to 9-1-1 Authorities that provide 9-1-1 service within the territory of a Large Electing Provider as defined in Section 13-406.1 of the Public Utilities Act.
(F) On and after July 1, 2020, $0.13 shall be
used for the implementation of and continuing expenses for the Statewide NG9-1-1 system.
(2) After disbursements under paragraph (1) of this
subsection (b), all remaining funds in the Statewide 9-1-1 Fund shall be disbursed in the following priority order:
(A) The Fund shall pay monthly to:
(i) the 9-1-1 Authorities that imposed
surcharges under Section 15.3 of this Act and were required to report to the Illinois Commerce Commission under Section 27 of the Wireless Emergency Telephone Safety Act on October 1, 2014, except a 9-1-1 Authority in a municipality with a population in excess of 500,000, an amount equal to the average monthly wireline and VoIP surcharge revenue attributable to the most recent 12-month period reported to the Department under that Section for the October 1, 2014 filing, subject to the power of the Department to investigate the amount reported and adjust the number by order under Article X of the Public Utilities Act, so that the monthly amount paid under this item accurately reflects one-twelfth of the aggregate wireline and VoIP surcharge revenue properly attributable to the most recent 12-month period reported to the Commission; or
(ii) county qualified governmental entities
that did not impose a surcharge under Section 15.3 as of December 31, 2015, and counties that did not impose a surcharge as of June 30, 2015, an amount equivalent to their population multiplied by .37 multiplied by the rate of $0.69; counties that are not county qualified governmental entities and that did not impose a surcharge as of December 31, 2015, shall not begin to receive the payment provided for in this subsection until E9-1-1 and wireless E9-1-1 services are provided within their counties; or
(iii) counties without 9-1-1 service that had
a surcharge in place by December 31, 2015, an amount equivalent to their population multiplied by .37 multiplied by their surcharge rate as established by the referendum.
(B) All 9-1-1 network costs for systems outside
of municipalities with a population of at least 500,000 shall be paid by the Department directly to the vendors.
(C) All expenses incurred by the Administrator
and the Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board and costs associated with procurement under Section 15.6b including requests for information and requests for proposals.
(D) Funds may be held in reserve by the Statewide
9-1-1 Advisory Board and disbursed by the Department for grants under Section 15.4b of this Act and for NG9-1-1 expenses up to $12.5 million per year in State fiscal years 2016 and 2017; up to $20 million in State fiscal year 2018; up to $20.9 million in State fiscal year 2019; up to $15.3 million in State fiscal year 2020; up to $16.2 million in State fiscal year 2021; up to $23.1 million in State fiscal year 2022; and up to $17.0 million per year for State fiscal year 2023 and each year thereafter. The amount held in reserve in State fiscal years 2018 and 2019 shall not be less than $6.5 million. Disbursements under this subparagraph (D) shall be prioritized as follows: (i) consolidation grants prioritized under subsection (a) of Section 15.4b of this Act; (ii) NG9-1-1 expenses; and (iii) consolidation grants under Section 15.4b of this Act for consolidation expenses incurred between January 1, 2010, and January 1, 2016.
(E) All remaining funds per remit month shall be
used to make monthly proportional grants to the appropriate 9-1-1 Authority currently taking wireless 9-1-1 based upon the United States Postal Zip Code of the billing addresses of subscribers of wireless carriers.
(c) The moneys deposited into the Statewide 9-1-1 Fund under this Section shall not be subject to administrative charges or chargebacks unless otherwise authorized by this Act.
(d) Whenever two or more 9-1-1 Authorities consolidate, the resulting Joint Emergency Telephone System Board shall be entitled to the monthly payments that had theretofore been made to each consolidating 9-1-1 Authority. Any reserves held by any consolidating 9-1-1 Authority shall be transferred to the resulting Joint Emergency Telephone System Board. Whenever a county that has no 9-1-1 service as of January 1, 2016 enters into an agreement to consolidate to create or join a Joint Emergency Telephone System Board, the Joint Emergency Telephone System Board shall be entitled to the monthly payments that would have otherwise been paid to the county if it had provided 9-1-1 service.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17; 101-639, eff. 6-12-20.)