SAN FRANCISCO, April, 01, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) — Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced it is making its 2004 franchise fee and franchise fee surcharge payments totaling more than $36.3 million to 48 counties in which it operates.
The 2004 franchise fee and franchise fee surcharge payments total $15.3 million for gas and $21 million for electric service. The 2004 franchise fee and surcharge payments represent a 14 percent decrease over the 2003 payments primarily due to decreased natural gas usage resulting from more mild weather in 2004.
“As local governments struggle with tight budgets, Pacific Gas and Electric Company continues to meet its commitment to pay its fair share of franchise fees to counties,” said Dan Richard, PG&E’s Senior Vice President of Governmental Relations. “PG&E’s payment of property taxes, franchise fees and other taxes and fees are a constant source of revenue local governments can count on to support the many important services residents expect such as police and fire protection, education, public health, and environmental services.”
A franchise fee is a percentage of gross receipts that Pacific Gas and Electric Company pays cities and counties for the right to use public streets to run gas and electric service. The franchise fee surcharge is a percentage of the transportation and energy costs to customers choosing to buy their energy from third parties. PG&E serves as the collection agent for the surcharges and passes the amounts to the counties. These payments are due on or before March 31, 2005.
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