The City of Shawnee offers refunds to senior citizens on the franchise tax charged on residential telephone bills. Each year the rebate is granted for the previous year's telephone franchise fee. Currently, the City of Shawnee does not impose a franchise fee on the residential use of gas or electricity, therefore no rebate is offered. Senior citizens who turned 62 on or before January 1st of the year for which the refund is granted, are eligible for the rebate. Senior citizens who lived in the City of Shawnee from January 1st to December 31st of the rebate year are eligible.
The refund period is January 1st to April 30th. Qualifying residents may bring proof of age and copies of each telephone bill from the rebate year that shows the "Special Municipal Charge", to the "City Clerk's office at City Hall. Application forms are not required.
Residents who did not save all their bills, can apply for a partial rebate for those months for which they do have their bills if they can show proof of residency from January 1st to December 31 of the rebate year. Residents who have questions about the franchise rebate should contact City Hall, (913) 742-6014. Refunds take approximately 4-6 weeks to process.