PG&E increases property tax and franchise fees payments to north state cities, counties this year

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is paying property taxes and franchise fees of more than $367 million this spring to the 50 counties and 247 cities where the energy company owns and operates gas and electric infrastructure that serves 16 million Californians. This is an increase of $30 million over payments made a year ago.

“Property tax and franchise fee payments are one of the important ways PG&E helps drive local economies and support essential public services like education and public safety. This year’s higher payments reflect the substantial local investments we are making in our gas and electric infrastructure to create one of the safest and most reliable energy companies in the nation,” said Jason Wells, senior vice president and chief financial officer for PG&E.

PG&E increased its payment of property taxes sharply this year as the energy company continued to make significant investments in its gas and electric system to support safety and reliability.

On April 10, PG&E paid property taxes of over $230 million to the 50 counties in which it owns property. The payment covers the period from January 1 to June 30, 2018. Total payments for the tax year of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 are more than $461 million—an increase of $50 million over, or 12 percent more than, the prior fiscal year.

Second installment property taxes paid to North State counties by April 10 include:

■ Butte, $3,900,167 (up $425,913 or 12 percent from a year ago)

■ Colusa, $4,305,964 (up  $77,111 or 2 percent)

■ Glenn, $782,234 (up $73,233 or 10 percent)

■ Lassen, $39,448 (up  $2,406 or 7 percent)

■ Plumas, $2,339,038 (up  $17,1708 or 8 percent)

■ Shasta, $5,143,166 (up $528,579 or 11 percent)

■ Sutter, $1,346,278 (up  $194,847 or 17 percent)

■ Tehama, $1,140,366 (up $73,814 or 7 percent)

■ Trinity, $135,508 (up $38,088 or 16 percent)

■ Yuba, $1,163,001 (up $136,069 or 13 percent)

PG&E pays franchise fees to cities and counties for the use of public streets for its gas and electric facilities. The energy company submitted the fees to counties by March 31 and to cities by April 15.

PG&E’s franchise fee payments totaled nearly $137 million – almost $37 million for natural gas and $100 million for electric service.

PG&E invested about $6 billion last year and expects to invest another $6 billion this year to enhance and upgrade its gas and electrical infrastructure across Northern and Central California.

PG&E supports the communities it serves in a variety of ways. Last year PG&E provided more than $28 million in community grants and investments to enrich local educational opportunities, preserve the environment, and support economic vitality and emergency preparedness. PG&E employees provide thousands of hours of volunteer service in their local communities. The company also offers a broad spectrum of economic development services to help local businesses grow. ■