The City of Gardner Utility Advisory Commission (UAC) will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 12, 2017, at City Hall, 120 E. Main Street to consider a recommendation to the city council regarding the Unified School District #231 Electric Rate.
At issue is about $276,000 in electric utility subsidy thru a special school district rate originally adopted in 2005 as part of a city/school partnership. The special rate was in exchange for access to Madison St. and facility usage.
UAC commissioners will determine if the School District Rate structure should remain as part of the current Electric Rate Classification Schedule, soon to be reviewed in the new Electric Rate Study, or remove the School District Rate from the new rate study and reconsider the Commercial Rate Classification for the school district.
Chris Morrow, mayor said he trusts “the recommendation the committee makes to the council will be thoughtfully considered and debated, and judiciously presented.”
“USD231 has long benefitted from a deeply discounted electric rate structure that literally saves them hundreds of thousands of dollars every year,” Morrow continued. “The bottom-line though is the first responsibility of the UAC and City Council, when it comes to our utility services, is that they are safely delivered to our customers, reliable, and affordable to all of our nearly 8,300 ratepayers.”
USD 231’s rate will not be determin ed at the upcoming meeting, but will makea recommendation on how USD231 will be considered during the upcoming rate study, already budgeted for, and scheduled to be completed in 2018.
The meeting agenda and staff recommendations are available online.
Salaries for school resource officers and crossing guards are also subsidized by Gardner city taxpayers as part of the original city/school partnership.