A contentious Utility Tax, mandated by California’s State Legislature, is causing an uproar. Proposed at $400 to $1,500 annually for residential ratepayers, this tax stands far above the national average, impacting millions in apartments, condos, and small homes. The tax, introduced through AB 205 without public input, removed the previous $10 monthly cap and has unlimited growth potential.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is currently assessing the tax’s final amount, with proposals aiming to make it the nation’s highest. Supporters argue it will reduce bills for low-income individuals and promote electric adoption, but critics question the feasibility of these claims.
Critics worry the tax could exacerbate California’s already high electricity prices without addressing the core issues. In response, Californians are urging their representatives to repeal the tax and are spreading awareness through social media. The CPUC’s final decision is expected in June 2024.
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