De-Coupling fees Hamper Conservation
The new proposed “drought fee” on water usage is just another gimmick to increase revenue for GWP’s poor management. This summer, should a rate payer use less electricity than the utility company planned, the individual will be paying a penalty called “de-coupling” fee.
Drought fees and de-coupling fees on electric usage are just a couple of the methods council uses in order to bring in revenue to be transferred to the General Fund.
In 2012 and 2013 ratepayers of GWP transferred about $38 million to the General Fund to mainly pay for our CALPERS government unions bloated salaries and pension benefits that the taxpayers have guaranteed for life.
We need the money! Our council just increased about 300 fees and assessed 100 new fees for the 2014-2015 budget.
Accrued pension liabilities increased 125% from 2001-2012 to over $1.4 billion. Yet, inflation grew only 31%.
Throughout her campaign, candidate Paula Devine stated she was for continuing transferring millions of dollars from GWP to the General Fund. At the last forum, she stated she was against the transfers if it would cause additional increases to the rate payers. Let us hope she keeps her Devine promise with serious and real pension reform