News Update!!: Needles, CA: Sewage rate increases at service stations.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Sewage rate increases at service stations.

ZachNews has received the latest information regarding sewage rate increases at service stations in Needles, California that was brought up during a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spoke with Westside Chevron Circle K Owner Scott Goodman regarding sewage rate increases at service stations and a meeting he and other service stations owners had with the Needles City Manager Rick Daniels regarding the sewage rate increases at service stations.

Westside Chevron Circle K Owner Scott Goodman talked about what was discussed during the meeting and what was the reason for the sewage rate increases.

The sewage rate increases issue is being called a clerical error or a failure to work the numbers out which Needles City Manager Rick Daniels is committed in making this right with the service stations owners.

Westside Chevron Circle K Owner Scott Goodman tells ZachNews that there will be more discussion about the sewage rate increases during a Needles Public Utility Authority on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, but Dale Jones, City Clerk with the City of Needles, told ZachNews that there is no Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting schedule for Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.

Westside Chevron Circle K Owner Scott Goodman also spoke about California’s Proposition 218 and what local residents and businesses should know about Proposition 218.

In November 1996, California voters passed Proposition 218, the “Right to Vote on Taxes Act” which this constitutional amendment protects taxpayers by limiting the methods by which local governments can create or increase taxes, fees, and charges without taxpayer consent.

Proposition 218 requires voter approval prior to imposition or increase of general taxes, assessments, and certain user fees.

Proposition 218 prohibits local governments from imposing fees on property owners for services that are available to the public at large, like in garbage collection and sewer service.

Fees charged to property owners may not exceed the cost of providing the service.

** Read more about California’s Proposition 218 at the following website addresses: **

– California Legislative Analyst’s Office:

http://www.lao.ca.gov/1996/120196_prop_218/understanding_prop218_1296.html

– California Tax Data:

Click to access proposition218.pdf

Service station owners were outrage over sewage rates that have increased for service stations in Needles, California and came to the Needles City Council Meeting at 4:00pm PT on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 to ask the City of Needles what’s going on and asking is this a mistake.

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https://zachnews.net/2016/05/25/news-alert-needles-ca-outrage-over-sewage-rate-increases-at-service-stations/

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1 thought on “News Update!!: Needles, CA: Sewage rate increases at service stations.

  1. Good interview and good info from Scott Goodman. To go further, there needs to be an analysis on the cost for receiving and treating the effluent as a variable cost; and the cost for physically maintaining the system (storm damage, pipe breakage, tree damage, pigging out the main arteries, and other fixed costs.) The station owners, churches, etc etc. need to hire a CPA with experience in allocations. Setting the metric to “number of pumps” is inherently wrong, and fundamentally outrageous. The current “jolt” allocation was so eggregious that the change should be stopped and undone completely; I wouldn’t take the word of government that it “will be fixed” timely. If it can be fixed immediately, there is no harm in stopping it immediately and proceeding from ground zero. Otherwise, government will continue the abuse for a couple of years and “get around” to fix it on a “squeaky wheel” basis. Good interview Zack.

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