Monday, April 21, 2014

Kumbaya: Sierra Madre UUT Revenues Will Continue To Go Up If Latest SoCal Edison Rate Increase Is Approved

Kumbaya: Bringing us together
(Mod: Today is a bit of an important day here at The Tattler. For the longest time I have been trying to get the noted taxation and city revenue expert Kumbaya to write a post for us. And just as I'd given up on it ever happening, the following showed up in last night's e-mail. As always with Kumbaya, it is an incisive dissection of the kinds of financial shenanigans we as taxpayers are subjected to by the unethical powers that be. This is a carefully researched piece of writing, and well worth the kind and generous attention you have always given to us at this site.)

Did you read “Notice of Southern California Edison Company’s Supplemental Filing For Residential Electric Rate Changes" (R.12-06-013, Phase 1)? You should have. It was in your last Southern California Edison (SCE) bill. It looks like this:

Fig. 1
Edison says that due to a new law (AB327) and a ruling from the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), they will “simplify California’s residential electricity rate structure and better align rates… Edison proposes to phase in the changes over a period from 2015 through 2018.”

In its request, Edison desires to make the following changes to the residential standard electric rate plan (Schedule D).

“Reduce the number of rate tiers from four to three tiers in 2015, and then to two tiers by 2017.

Let me think, here, for a minute: If there are fewer tiers to capture more money, will SCE have to increase OR decrease the cost of the lower tier? That is a trick question! INCREASE, of course.

So, you’ve been using less electricity by being energy efficient?  Too bad.  Go get your wallet.  And, you get to pay more UUT money on top of that.

“Phase in an increase to Edison’s Basic Charge from the current $0.94 per month to $5.00 per month in 2015, $7.50 per month in 2016, and $10.00 per month in 2017. The Basic Charge is a service fee that recovers some of SCE’s fixed costs.”

fig. 2
What does this mean, really? Congratulations, Sierra Madre rate payer!  You will now have a monthly “meter fee” for electricity, just like the dreaded water department meter fee.  So even if you use little to no electricity (think solar, or an extended vacation), it appears that you’ll still owe at least $5.00 per month in 2015 to Ol’ Man Edison. And more UUT money, too.

“Starting in 2016, lower the amount of usage billed at Tier 1 rate within each baseline zone.”

fig. 3
Wait a minute! If they make the lower tiers smaller, won’t I have more usage at tier 2 or 3 rates so my bill will go up?

That’s correct.  In figure 3 for Zone 10 (Inland Empire used since Sierra Madre rates weren’t in the brochure), the “Illustrative Changes in 2015 Monthly Bills Non-CARE Customers” show an estimated “bill impact” of 26% for the customers who are in the lowest 50% of electrical use. And you’ll get to pay more UUT.

Believe it or not, while most of us will be paying more for electricity in 2015, not everyone will be angry about:

Lower number of tiers

Increasing meter charges

Smaller Tier 1 (base rates)

As an example of that "not angry" category, the City of Sierra Madre will be thrilled!!

Not only will they get to collect more total tax UUT dollars from the 60% water revenue increase over the next 5 years, but wait, there’s more! The city will also get to collect more UUT dollars from increasing Southern California Edison bills.

Is this a gold mine for Sierra Madre or what?

Discuss.

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47 comments:

  1. This is exactly what the No on UUT people have been discussing for the past 6 months. Rates for utilities go up, UUT goes up. No loss of police, fire or library. Simple. Can you see the egg on the faces of those at city hall?

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    1. Elaine ate the egg!

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    2. no shame, just a shrug of the shoulders

      when lies are so commonplace, they seem normal

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    3. Two rules that are followed:
      1) never admit it was wrong
      2) if it gets to that, let the city attorney explain

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  2. So the less need people have for Edison the more we have to pay them?

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    1. we certainly could use less of John Buchanan and we've paid enough for having him on the Council

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  3. Hard to see the egg when they squrim so much trying to seat comfortably on that thicker wallet

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  4. California pays the highest taxes in the world, yes I said the WORLD. With the increase taxation on short term and long term capital gains not to mention the corporate tax that is pushing business out of the state. So, how does it feel to be paying the HIGHEST TAXES IN THE WORLD? At least we stopped the UUT increase. You can only tax people so much which leaves nothing left but work more or leave the state. The stupid people thinking it's ok to raise the UUT some more have got a lot to learn, when the ignorant vote it affects us all as you see what has happened to California, highest taxes in the world.

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    1. You better check your "facts" sporto, not so, but then the facts never got in the way of this blog....lmfao!!

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    2. Speaking of facts, you still think Measure UUT stands a chance? Planning on winning any elections anytime soon?

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  5. It seems like when we put our finger in the dike somewhere i.e. stopping the UUT tax increase, that a new hole open up somewhere else. They never stop putting their hand into the taxpayers pocket. That's why the only strategy is to oppose all tax increases at any time and for whatever purpose whenever the taxpayer is actually given the opportunity to do something about it.

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    1. Another new hole in the dike: On April 3rd we received notification from the Sanitation district No.15 informing us that a public hearing will be held on May 28th to consider a proposed rate increase for sewage treatment. Included was the prop 218 protest process information....here we go again.$$$$

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  6. So when we are careful with wasting water and electricity they charge us more. With revenue dropping the utility companies push for more construction and higher density population. They always win and we always loose, oh wait, don't forget how lucky we are to still live here where we were born.

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  7. Add to list. Solar Panels.

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    1. The city wants solar users to pony up the missed UUT money voluntarily. Like that's going to happen.

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    2. I'm going off the grid.

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  8. So do you think City Hall gets a call from our Edison representative when their rates are going up?

    "Hello, Elaine? I have some good news for you …"

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  9. The yes on UUT people only believe the fear factor told to them by the insiders. After all those on the inside must know and would only tell us the Police and Fire are going to be cut if it were true. They only believe the nice people who smile at them and pat them on the back, makes them feel good. These are the same people who never question anything that would cause an argument and these are the same people who could care less if you are on a fixed income and can't afford to live here anymore.

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  10. This article is a little example of why cities prefer UUT taxes to things like a parcel tax. A parcel tax remains constant and has a termination point, whereas a UUT can go on forever and the revenue collected will increase with inflation and utility increase and the cities don't have to do anything to receive the additional revenue. it's a pretty slick and painless way to fleece the citizen.

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    1. It also means city governments can work hand in hand with utilities to get more money out of the citizens. Another instance where a government that lives off of our tax money works against our interests.

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  11. I spoke to a long time Sierra Madre resident/long time friend the other day who voted Yes on the UUT because he thought it was just for the water bill! Say what? This guy is no dummy, if anything he is the classic absent minded professor (you got that right, we have a lot of those in town amongst those easily distracted by their simplicity in processing) here in town. Our work is still cut out for us. I told him I voted NO and we talked. He did not know we were collecting the UUT on the highest number of utilities possible! For a lot of people this stuff is merely pennies per day. I am a liberal Democrat and I am not opposed to taxes when my money is spent wisely. Here in Sierra Madre that is in serious doubt! I told him I did not vote NO because of an entrenched anti-tax stand. It is just that Sierra Madre City administration is so weak it make you weak and weary watching them mess up all the time.

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    1. Lots of citizens didn't even know there was an election coming up a couple of weeks before the election. They said they got the post cards but thought the election was in June. So much for informed citizens.

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    2. I'm a conservative Republican, but we sure see eye to eye on this issue my friend. Good work on straightening your friend out. We need more of that in this town.

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  12. Eleanor Roosevelt ѕaid tɦat evеry single day comes with new strength and new thoughts. Kumbaya.

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  13. 7:37
    This is what is wrong, people do not care or pay attention to these issues.
    Rather than determine the truth, they just don't bother to question.
    Very sad commentary from you. :(

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    1. For a lot of people local government and politics is so far off their radar it doesn't even exist. That is how we end up with government that works only for itself rather than the people whose money sustains it.

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    2. As someone said, as the government becomes larger, the citizen becomes smaller. All you religious folks who are liberal, remember that you are digging the grave for religion in American. As the government confiscates more of our tax money, we have less money to donate to charity. That is why chruches are closing down like in Europe where the churches are being turned into museums and no one donates to charity because the "state" will take care of everything. Religous liberals should be anti-tax.

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    3. Frankly I don't see donating to churches that are paying off settlements for priests gone wrong, or mega churches who support extravagant lifestyles for the likes of Joel Osteen and the Granham siblings to be donating to "charity".

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    4. Separation of church and state, please. Freedom of religion...freedom from religion. Don't tell me what or who to believe in. Churches should pay taxes!

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  14. Kind of like the Jules Fieffer play/movie "Little Murders". Just keep your head down and you won't feel the pain of all the incessant blows descending upon you (in the form of taxes etc.). But at some point, you need to reclaim your self (and your money) and get the pounding to stop. Voting NO on the UUT ( a second time) is a good start.

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  15. Sounds like a good reason for getting rid of the UUT altogether. They can't sneak anything in on us if the rate is 0%.

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    1. 0% is an interesting number. That is exactly the same as my trust level.

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    2. Mine is less.

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  16. For 2017, it looks like even if I zero out my electricity use with my solar panels, I'll still pay $10/mo for a meter fee so that's $120/yr MORE.

    B*stards.

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    1. And at a 10% UUT tax rate, I'll pay $12 a year even if I don't use any juice.

      D*mn.

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    2. Takes you up to $132.

      Use the math, Luke.

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    3. Aaaaaaaaa!!!

      Signed,
      11:19

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  17. Why does Edison send a representative to City Council meetings?

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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  18. 11:19. Go to the head of the class!!!! You got it.

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  19. JUST THINK?

    1) City Hall will loose the future law suit with the Chinese owners of 1 Carter!

    2) City hall will loose the open law suit with the Hildreaths!
    Elaine & staff could be found drinking wine & eating cheese under the city sidewalk!

    3) What a bunch od idiots!

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    1. JUST THINK?...... you may to try that.

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  20. I vote NO on all tax and bond measures. Since you can never tell what is really going on I just play it safe.

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  21. MORE GOOD NEWS. The private property of the Mater Dolorosa was zoned R - 1 in that lower land area; with the Institutional zone covering all. That was a good 20 years ago. The General Plan is worded to protect the Mater Dolorsa; and only if a time came when finances were lean; the Fathers would then have the option of the zone.
    I know Father Joe would be heart broken, and we all miss him. It really is too bad that the Mater Dolorosa was not able to work with the people of Sierra Madre for the option of buying and keeping open space. I remember when it was all open with so many olive trees. As a child I walked through the groves and imaged this was how the Lord walked with me, and I always had an inner peace being so close with nature along the beautiful hill and mountain side.

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  22. Mr. Kumbaya, Why are you depressing us?

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    1. Wising you up isn't the same as depessing you. If you think otherwise then maybe this material is too strong for you.

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    2. The truth shall set you free, 8:25. Be one with the truth.

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  23. In order to protect the Mater Dolorosa property from over development, I belive the same protections should be in place. Hill side Ordinance, night sky etc.

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