Live Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: City of Needles will pay for the fees to cover the cost of the percentage for the cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates.

Live Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: City of Needles will pay for the fees to cover the cost of the percentage for the cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmenson and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talks with ZachNews following Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 in Needles, California.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmenson and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about the 2.6% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates as of October 1, 2019.

For water and wastewater, the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council voted 4-3 to pay for the fees to cover the cost of the percentage thats needed, out of our general fund.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that the Needles City Council said it’s time to give back to our everyday citizen, the ratepayer, and said we’re not going to pass this on to you and were gonna make up for it.

“My argument was it is owed to our citizens since we borrowed $780,000 from the general fund to subsidize Bashas grocery store; we’re giving back the $780,000,” said Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson.

As for electric, the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council voted 5-2 to approve a 2.6 percent COLA increase in electric rates as of October 1st, 2019; approving the method to calculate annual electric base rate and power cost adjustment rate based on rate calculation spreadsheets.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmenson and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also spoke about amend the Annual Depository Statement adding a transfer from Fiscal Year
2018 due from the NPUA to the City-side funds that were insufficiently reimbursed in the amount 313.82 by amending the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Depository Agreement to include an additional $100,000 per month to draw down the remaining balance due.

The Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve to pay $2 million to the City-side funds for previous insufficient reimbursements; with first priority of $505,893.77 going to the general fund.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmenson and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then spoke about an item that was approved during the consent calendar regarding Resolution No. 2019-57 approving the application for grant funds for the Recreational Trails and Greenways Grant Program and authorizing the City Manager, as an authorized representative and accepting the terms of the proposed grant if awarded.

The Needles Public Utility voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 2019-57.

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