Franchise fees are collected from electric, gas, telephone, and cable service providers operating within City limits. The City of Olathe collects a 5% franchise fee per agreements between the City of Olathe and utility providers.
Franchise fees are legally authorized by the Kansas State Legislature to:
- Pay for the use of public right-of-way and property easement areas within the City
- Offset City operating costs
- Offset additional personal property taxes
The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) regulates electric, gas, telephone and cable providers.