The third public outreach meeting announcing a series of electrical rate increases Monday night was far less dramatic than a previous gathering, though residents peppered officials with questions about the proposal.
Officials are proposing hiking the base electricity rates by 3% in 2013 and 2014, and then 4% in 2015 and 2016, saying they're needed for Glendale Water & Power to pay for badly needed capital improvement projects and other expenses. City Hall critics, meanwhile, have continued to bash a $21-million transfer from the utility to the city's coffers, claiming they artificially boost the need for the rate increases.
But unlike a previous outreach meeting, there were no shouting matches Monday at the Sparr Heights Community Center.
Glendale Water & Power plans to transfer $21 million this year to the city's General Fund to pay for public services such as libraries and parks. The practice has been in place for decades, but as other revenue sources have dried up in recent years, the amount transferred has increased.