News Alert: Needles, CA: Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority will vote on 5% cost-of-living increase in water and wastewater rates during regular meeting today.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: City of Needles (Information):

Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority will vote on 5% cost-of-living increase in water and wastewater rates during at 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located at 1111 Bailey Avenue near J Street.

According to the City of Needles, Resolution No.s 2020-66 and 2020-67 adopted by the Needles City Council/NPUA on October 13, 2020, provided for annual cost-of-living adjustments to the basic service charge and usage charges in both water and wastewater in order to recover annual increases in the cost of providing those services to the customer.

A cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) shall be added to all rates on October 1st of each year and shall be automatically adjusted by using the then rates plus the consumer price index (CPI) published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. West — Size Class B/C CPI based on the June value of the appropriate price index OR the last twelve (12) months actual expenses plus the CPI, whichever is lower; however, in no circumstances shall any increase exceed five percent (5%).

The attached spreadsheets are in accordance with Resolution No.s 2020-66 and 2020-67 and will set the new rates.

Fiscal impact is increase in water and wastewater rates to counteract current inflation rates.

The recommended action is move to approve a 5% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates as of October 1, 2021.

The Needles Board of Public Utilities approved the recommended action on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Submitted By: Rainie Torrance, Assistant Utility Manager.

*** Agenda Packet Information (Unless otherwise noted, all downloadable agenda packets that are posted here are in a PDF file format so please make sure to have a PDF file reader or viewer): ***

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The Board of Public Utilities approved the recommended action during a special meeting on Friday, September 10, 2021 in which the board voted to rescind the action taken at the adjourned regular meeting of the Board of Public Utilities held on September 7, 2021 using Option B for water and wastewater rates effective October 1, 2021 as it exceed the maximum allowable increase pursuant to City Council Resolution No. 2020-66 and 2020-67; and approve a 5% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates as of October 1, 2021 and to revisit the water and wastewater rates at the first meeting in February 2022.

The public may attend the meeting but masks are encourage and designated seating will be available.

The public can also attend via Microsoft Teams and May submit any comments in writing prior to noon (12:00 p.m. PT) on the day of the meeting by emailing: djones@cityofneedles.com

The public can join the live Microsoft Teams meeting by please logging into the City of Needles website at: http://www.cityofneedles.com to access the agenda and click the link.

If asked, enter the following: Meeting ID: 528 489 648# OR listen in and participate by calling Teams: 1-323-488-2227 – Meeting ID: 528 489 648# The meetings are being recorded.

The interview portion of the meeting as well as the rest of the Needles City Council Meeting will be broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

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For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

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