Editor's Note — Ordinance Numbers 02-2006 and 09-2006 were passed in compliance with HB209 of the 2006 Missouri Legislative session. Provisions contained in HB209 were subsequently deemed unconstitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court on August 8, 2006 in City of Springfield, Appellant V Sprint Spectrum, L.P., Respondent Case No. SC87238. Consequently these ordinances were not codified.
[R.O. 2008 §625.080; Code 1968 §16-25; CC 1988 §17-201]
Every person engaged in the business of furnishing exchange telephone service in the City shall pay the City as an annual license tax, six percent (6%) of the gross receipts derived and collected from such person's customers located within the City and for any services provided except such receipts as represent charges for message rate toll or long distance telephone service; charges for exclusive interstate service of any kind; charges for Morse, telegraph, television or radio program transmission facilities or for other services furnished exclusively and permanently in connection with services extending beyond the boundaries of the City; charges for the billing and collecting for telegrams; charges for the sale of and advertising in telephone directories; charges for the rental of plant facilities or other property not currently used by any such person in furnishing telephone services; and charges that combine both receipts which are, by this Section, taxed and which are, by this Section, excepted in all cases in which the demonstrable cost to any such person, in making separation between the revenues taxed and those excepted, shall exceed the evident revenue to be derived therefrom by the City.
[R.O. 2008 §625.090; Code 1968 §16-28; CC 1988 §17-202]
Upon payment of the tax as described in this Article, the City shall issue an occupation license for the period covered by the payment.
[R.O. 2008 §625.100; Code 1968 §16-26; CC 1988 §17-203]
Every person mentioned in Section 625.080 shall file with the City Clerk, on or before the fifteenth (15th) day of February, May, August and November of each calendar year, a statement of gross receipts derived by such person from the furnishing of the service described in Section 625.080 during the preceding quarter. At the time of filing any such statement, the person involved shall pay to the City Treasurer six percent (6%) of such gross receipts. The person shall have the privilege of crediting such sums as may be due under the provisions of this Article with any unpaid balance due the person for telephone service rendered or facilities furnished to the City.
[R.O. 2008 §625.110; Code 1968 §16-27; CC 1988 §17-204]
The payment of taxes required by the provisions of this Article shall be in lieu of all other excises, charges, exactions, rentals, impositions or other license or occupation taxes imposed upon any person engaged in the business described in Section 625.080, but nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to exempt such person from any general or special ad valorem tax imposed upon the public generally by the City.
[R.O. 2008 §625.120; Ord. No. 6448 §1, 7-12-1993]
The two percent (2%) "911" tax as provided by Ordinance Number 6365 shall be continued indefinitely.
[R.O. 2008 §625.130; Code 1968 §16-30; CC 1988 §17-176]
The right is hereby granted to all persons mentioned in Section 625.080 to trim trees, brush or hedges upon and overhanging the streets, alleys, sidewalks and public places of the City to prevent such foliage from coming into contact with telephone wires and cables. All of such trimming shall be done under the supervision and direction of the City Council.
[R.O. 2008 §625.140; Code 1968 §16-29; CC 1988 §17-177]
Each person mentioned in Section 625.080, on the request of any other person, shall remove or raise or lower the wires belonging to such person temporarily to permit the moving of houses or other bulky structures. The expense of such temporary removal, raising or lowering of wires shall be paid by the party requesting such raising or lowering of wires, and payment in advance may be required. Not less than forty-eight (48) hours' advance notice shall be given to arrange for such temporary wire changes.