Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, March 7, 2017:•7:50 a.m. Michael A. Moore, WM, 40, South Haven, Ks was issued a notice to appear for speeding 31 mph in a 20 mph school zone.•2:13 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of bicycle and feeders in the 200 block S. B, Wellington.•1:15 p.m. Officers took a report of a child custody dispute in the 800 block S. C, Wellington by known subjects.•1:50 p.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle ccident report in the 900 block W. 8th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Laura L. Miller, 41, Wellington and a fixed object/fence owned by Braums, Wellington.•4:15 p.m. Officers conducted a Courtesy Motor Vehicle accident report in the 900 block W. 8th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Justin W. Greiner, 24, Caldwell, and Leslie J. Edwards, 48, Wellington.•4:40 p.m. Non-Injury accident that occurred on March 6, 2017, in the 500 block E. Harvey, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Matthew D. Stalcup, 26, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Daniel R. Prater, Wellington.•10:50 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block N. F, Wellington.last_img read more

Measure S phone tax could tap Internet usage

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut city officials said that while the measure is broadly written to cover changing communications technology, it is not designed to tax the Internet. “For the foreseeable future, this is the law of the land. It’s very clear for us it doesn’t allow for taxation of the Internet,” said Nick Velasquez, spokesman for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. And counsel to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the city would have to seek voter approval even if federal law changed to allow taxation of Internet access. “We would have to go back to voters to update our ordinance,” spokeswoman Janelle Erickson said. “Our position is that Measure S does not tax the Internet and we have no intention of taxing the Internet.” Measure S would rewrite the city’s current telephone-users tax, which has been challenged in court by telephone companies. Despite assurances that a telephone-users tax on the February ballot is simply aimed at modernizing how Los Angeles taxes communications systems, wording in the measure opens the door to also taxing Internet access. Federal law currently prohibits taxes on Internet access and e-mail – but that law sunsets in 2014, and some watchdogs said Monday that if the broadly written Measure S telephone tax passes it could allow the city to tax Internet access without additional voter approval. “How do you say you’re not taxing the Internet when the statute specifically says it’s covering DSL, Voice-Over-Internet protocol, text messaging, instant messaging and PCS?” said Walter Moore, who is writing the opposition to the measure for the Feb. 5 ballot. “You don’t need a law degree to realize this is a tax on the Internet and wireless and all that.” The existing tax language is outdated and doesn’t expressly cover new telephone-like technologies, such as wireless or Voice-Over-Internet protocols. Measure S would swap in a Communications Users Tax that includes broad language to allow the city to tax the routing of voice, audio, video, data or other communication information transmitted through fiber optic, coaxial cables, power lines, broadband, DSL or wireless systems. That could cover everything from a land-line telephone call and a photograph sent from a cell-phone camera to a text message sent via BlackBerry. The tax would exempt downloaded books, music, ringtones, games and similar digital products. City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson said the Communications Users Tax was purposely written as broadly as possible. “We don’t know what form telephony is going to take moving forward. You can’t foresee what that includes in the future,” Sisson said. Under Proposition 218, the city must seek voter approval every time a tax is changed so L.A. officials drafted the measure in such a way to make it less likely they would have to hold another election to change the tax. The current tax on telephone service is 10percent and generates $270million a year for the city. Measure S would lower the tax rate to 9percent, but expand the tax to new services. It is estimated to generate $243million annually. Voters in the city of Covina voted down a revamped telephone-users tax earlier this year, in part because of concerns that the measure could have allowed the city to tax Internet access in the future. Pasadena has a similar telephone-tax measure up for voter approval in February, drafted by the same law firm that advised Delgadillo on Measure S. But in Pasadena, the city and opponents have been battling over ballot statements by opponents who charge that their Measure D would “force” a tax on Internet access. “The current text of Measure D allows the city to tax Internet access, but does not require it to do so,” an attorney for the city of Pasadena wrote in a petition filed in court last week. Although Los Angeles’ measure has similar language to Pasadena’s ballot measure, Delgadillo’s office said Measure S was drafted assuming the federal ban on Internet taxation would remain in place. “As it currently stands, federal law does not allow for Internet taxation,” Velasquez said. “That federal law was taken into account as this measure was crafted by our office.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more