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 a virtual public hearing during the Needles Board of Public Utilities at 4:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 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.
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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.
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The City of Needles will be hosting virtual public hearing during the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting to address any questions or concerns regarding the proposed rate increases.
We value your input and encourage you to attend via telephonically.
According to the City of Needles, “We will not be able to use the 866 number that has been used for call-ins for the past several months so all participation will be either through live Zoom meeting (To join the live Zoom meeting, copy and paste into your browser: https://zoom.us/j/93086695872 If asked, enter the following: Meeting ID: 930 8669 5872) or call-in through Zoom (listen in by calling Zoom: 1-669-900-9128 — Meeting ID: 930 8669 5872). We apologize for this inconvenience and ask for your patience as we work through our first live Zoom meeting. Thank you.”
The Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting will be broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook starting at 4:00 p.m. PT.
More information about the proposed changes is available online at: