The Feb. 11 Bee had two interesting articles with a common thread.
Fresno County Supervisors voted to suspend public facility fees on new construction. These fees would normally pay for capital improvements generated by new growth. These improvements normally benefit the developers and the new homeowners.
A second article reported that PG&E wants to install 25,000 electric-charging stations. These stations would be in apartment complexes, retail centers and workplaces. The estimated price tag of $653.8 million would be paid for by 5.1 million PG&E customers. Another article reported that PG&E’s 2014 earnings were $1.44 billion, an increase of 76.4% over 2013. Ratepayers should not absorb the added cost. Charge those who benefit. PG&E develops a monopoly in the electric vehicle-charging market; EV users receive energy subsidies; others receive enhancements to their properties or locations.
Conclusion: Promoters want you and me to foot their bills versus the primary beneficiaries. The “haves” are reluctant to share more income for the greater good.