For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   GROSS RECEIPTS. The consideration received for the transmission of messages, or for distributing, supplying, furnishing or selling gas, electricity or water for use or consumption and not for resale, as the case may be; and for all services rendered in connection therewith valued in money, whether received in money or otherwise, including cash, credit, services and property of every kind and material and for all services rendered therewith; and shall be determined without any deduction on account of the cost of transmitting said messages, without any deduction on account of the cost of the service, product or commodity supplied, the cost of materials used, labor or service cost, or any other expenses whatsoever.
   PERSON. Any natural individual, firm, trust, estate, partnership, association, joint stock company, joint adventure, corporation, municipal corporation or political subdivision of this state, or a receiver, trustee, conservator or other representative appointed by order of any court.
   TRANSMITTING MESSAGES. In addition to the usual and popular meaning of person to person communication, shall include the furnishing, for a consideration, of services or facilities (whether owned or leased), or both, to persons in connection with the transmission of messages where such persons do not, in turn, receive any consideration in connection therewith, but shall not include such furnishing of services or facilities to persons for the transmission of messages to the extent that any such services or facilities for the transmission of messages are furnished for the consideration, by such persons to other persons, for the transmission of messages.
('68 Code, § 34.04) (Ord. 66-4054, passed - - ; Am. Ord. 81-4417, passed 7-21-1981; Am. Ord. 85-4486, passed 8-20-1985; Am. Ord. 4771, passed 3-19-1994; Am. Ord. 96-4846, passed 4-16-1996; Am. Ord. 98-4958, passed 7-21-1998)