News Alert: Needles, CA: City of Needles will have last virtual informational meeting today concerning proposed rates and charges adjustments for water and wastewater.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: City of Needles (Information):

Pictures: City of Needles (Presentation Notice Pamphlet Courtesy):

Needles, California: The City of Needles will be having several virtual informational meetings and public hearings concerning proposed adjustments to rates and charges for water and wastewater.

According to the City of Needles, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and City Council/Needles Public Utility Authority (NPUA) will conduct public hearings on the date and times noted above to consider a five-year schedule of changes to water and wastewater rates and charges as explained in this notice.

The proposed changes are based on an independent cost of service study that was completed in July 2020. If adopted, the proposed changes would take effect on November 1, 2020, and on October 1 of 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.

The public hearings will be conducted per California Constitution Article XIII D, Section 6 (also known as “Proposition 218”). This notice is being sent to all property owners and customers of record directly responsible for the utility bill and whose parcels receive water andior wastewater service from the Needles Public UtilityAuthority, who would be impacted by imposed rates and charges.

**** Community Notification with More Information regarding Proposed Adjustments to Rates and Charges for Water and Wastewater: ****

All members of the public are invited to attend the public hearings.

Additionally, under California State Law, all property owners and customers of record directly responsible for the utility bill may submit a written protest to the proposed rate changes.

Only one protest per parcel will be counted toward the majority protest. Please refer to the “How Can I Participate?” section of this document for instructions on submitting a formal written protest against the proposed action.

You may also appear at the public hearings at the date and times specified above.

**** Upcoming Virtual Informational Meetings: ****

The City of Needles will be hosting virtual informational meetings to address any questions or concerns regarding the proposed rate increases.

We value your input and encourage you to attend.

** Dates of Virtual Informational Meetings: **

– Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PT (California Time)

** Participate in Virtual Informational Meetings: **

– Live Zoom Meeting; using your tablet or computer:

https:// us02web.zoom.us/j/8 I 962978042

Meeting ID:

819 6297 8042

Password: 332945

– By Phone; you can listen in using the information below:

1 (669) 900-9128

Meeting ID:

819 6297 8042

Password: 332945

Find your local number:

https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbfAaXakl

**** Upcoming Public Hearings: ****

In accordance with the current State of Emergency for COVID- 19 and the Governor’s Executive Orders that temporarily suspend requirements of the Brown Act, teleconferencing will be used by BPU, City Council/NPUA members and staff during these public hearings.

Member of the public are invited to participate in the public hearing using the following means:

– Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Public Hearing

TIME: Oct. 6, 2020 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join a live Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/93086695872

Meeting ID:

930 8669 5872

Or listen in using the information below:

1 (669) 900-9128

Find your local number:

https://zoom.us/u/adepOCL6yP

– Needles City Council/NPUA Public Hearing

TIME: Oct. 13, 2020 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join a live Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/93084744238

Meeting ID:

930 8474 4238

Or listen in using the information below: 1 (669) 900-9128

Find your local number:

hops://zoom.us/u/acyqd6wBCf

More information about the proposed changes is available online at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/

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