The Redding City Council voted Tuesday to eliminate several electric fees in order to reduce the burden on their low-income customers.
The following fees have been eliminated, as recommended by the REU (Redding Electric Utility):
- The $50 Service Reconnection Fee (for disconnects due to non-payment)
- The $89 Service Reconnection Fee for after 4:00 p.m. (for disconnects due to non-payment)
- The $25 Service Transfer Fee
- The $89 Priority Service Connection after 4:00 p.m.
REU says the old fees hadn't changed since 2011. They conducted a review and determined that providing these services does not create a significant additional cost burden on the utility.
The staff believes the elimination of the fees are in the best interest of the community and will reduce the burden on those citizens who are low-income. They are the population most often facing re-connection fees for non-payment of their electric bills, and are the least able to afford them.