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Mayor O'Neill & Councilman Grabinski Agendize Separate Proposals For Limited Utility Tax Reductions Due To Gas Rate Hikes; Set For Feb. 6 Council Meeting

We post their verbatim proposals

(February 2, 2001) We post below, verbatim, separate proposals for limited utility tax reductions as a result of soaring LB Gas Dept. bill increases, agendized for the Feb. 6 City Council meeting by Mayor Beverly O'Neill and 7th district Councilman Ray Grabinski.

The Mayor proposes accelerating the next 1% decrease in the utility tax by six months, making the rate 8% for all residential and commercial utilities customers effective April 1, 2001 (instead of Oct. 1).

Councilman Grabinski proposes what he calls short term and long term recommendations. His short term recommendations include:

  • Rebate the 9% utility tax on gas by "at least one half or a maximum of two-thirds;"
  • Change the low income standard the city uses to determine poverty levels "to reflect a more realistic representation of low income household" and "provide those with discount options and/or payment terms..." and
  • "For businesses, especially small businesses," asks to receive input from the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

    His long term recommendation is to "explore a new relationship" with the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, possibly using acreage in the harbor district to reflect an approach to LADWP..

    We have posted both proposals, verbatim, below.

    You can view Mayor O'Neill's proposal by clicking on Mayor's proposal.

    You can view Councilman Grabinski's proposal by clicking on Grabinski's proposal.

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