Franchise Fees

Franchise fees (or taxes) are payments received from electric, gas, telephone, and cable providers within city limits.  Payments are made in exchange for each provider's use of public right-of-way to conduct their business within the City of Olathe. For example, KCP&L (electric provider) pays a franchise fee to locate their power lines on public properties in Olathe. These franchise fees help pay for the City's general operations in the general fund and help offset the need for additional property taxes. Additional information about Olathe's Franchise Fee revenue is available in the 2014 Adopted Budget book.  

Franchise fees are legally authorized by the Kansas Legislature. Residents who would like to learn more can read about franchise fees on the State's website. The Kansas Corporation Commission, or KCC, regulates electric, gas, telephone and cable providers. Residents are encouraged to visit their website for specific questions.