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February 9, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER
The City Council today will consider electric and water rate increases that would raise the average family's bill by $2.24 a month. The proposal by the city's Public Utility Department would also increase the electric and water rates for most businesses. Michael Bell, the department's financial services manager, said the combined increases will raise about $4.5 million.
February 12, 2001 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
As state legislators continue to search for a solution to California's electricity crisis, a federal judge will consider today whether to allow Edison International's Southern California Edison unit and Pacific Gas & Electric to pass uncollected electricity costs on to customers. The utilities have rolled up huge debts because they bought electricity at a high wholesale rate but could sell it to customers only at a relatively low retail price, which is frozen by law.
December 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The state Public Utilities Commission on Friday approved an 8% rate reduction for Southern California Gas Co. because of lower gas costs, and a 5.6% rate increase for San Diego Gas & Electric because of inflation. Both changes take effect Jan. 1. The average residential customer of SoCal Gas will pay $1.51 less a month for 55 therms of gas this winter, lowering the bill to $29.94, the PUC said. The total rate decrease is $106 million. The company has more than 4 million customers.
February 1, 1986 | Roxana Kopetman
City officials will use a $7.4-million refund from Southern California Edison Co. to offset potential utility-rate increases, council members decided this week. Under a plan adopted Tuesday, residents can expect their electricity bills to remain stable through July, 1987, said Gordon Hoyt, the city's public utilities general manager. The $7.4 million in refunds, in addition to another $11.
Glendale officials this week introduced a preliminary $295.8-million budget for 1991-92 that maintains city services at current levels, adds few new employees and moderately increases utility rates to offset inflation and new environmental programs. The proposed no-growth budget presented Tuesday to the City Council represents a leveling off of several years of growth in city services, officials said. The council will study the preliminary plan during special sessions June 10 and June 18.
Gov. Gray Davis, convinced that he can't win votes by delivering bad news, avoided the task of telling Californians what virtually all experts have been saying for months--that electricity bills are going up. Indeed, on Tuesday, the Democratic governor quickly moved to distance himself from a rate hike of as much as 46% that was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, led by his appointee Loretta Lynch.
July 3, 1993 | ED BOND
Burbank residents stand to save an average of $1.25 a month after the City Council scaled back scheduled rate increases for power and water in its new $291-million budget. "The council didn't feel comfortable passing on to the community costs that were not there," Mayor George Battey Jr. said. A freeze on city salaries as well as strict cost-cutting measures this year have created a budget only $3 million larger than the 1992-93 budget of $288 million, officials said.
January 23, 1998
The City Council has approved a plan to cut the city's utility tax rate from 7% to 5.5% in a move that will save about $33 for the average household each year. The tax cut was approved Tuesday on a 3-2 vote, with council members Thomas O'Leary and Walter Allen dissenting. Covina's political leaders have fought over the tax for several years. The entire council was recalled after implementing the tax in 1993.
September 5, 1992
Hundreds of bills enacted by the Legislature in its closing hours are now on Gov. Pete Wilson's desk awaiting his signature to become law. Among those The Times has previously endorsed that merit special attention: RADIOACTIVE WASTE: In case after case of failed toxic waste disposal, the taxpayer has been stuck paying a huge cleanup bill or paying damages after legal action.
November 21, 1993 | MARY HELEN BERG
Taxpayers were supposed to get a break last month when the city's utility-users tax decreased by 2%, but those who live and work here have discovered that the tax rates on most utility bills are as high as they have been all year. Under a 1992 city ordinance, the tax was to have been cut from 10% to 8% as of Oct. 1, but telephone, electric and water company officials somehow overlooked the change, said Robert A. Rizzo, chief administrative officer.
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