|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2010
Special Districts Division Manager
Public Works Department
Balloting Begins for Residential Streetlights
The City has initiated a process to fund the increased costs associated with the streetlights located in residential neighborhoods in Moreno Valley. Electricity charge increases imposed by the electric utility providers have significantly increased the cost that the City must pay to operate the residential streetlights.
If the proposed increase is approved, it would change the current charge per parcel, per year, from either $23 or $24 to $39. The annual parcel charge paid by property owners for residential streetlights has not increased since 1996.
If the increase is not approved, residential street lighting services must be reduced to a level consistent with available funding. Reductions could range from limiting the hours of streetlight operations to turning off and/or removing a portion of the streetlights. Re-installation of removed streetlights would require property owners to ballot and approve paying for the re-installation of the streetlights, along with the annual charge for ongoing costs for electricity, maintenance and administration.
There are more than 8,500 streetlights within residential neighborhoods throughout the City’s Zone B Residential Street Lighting area. For fiscal year 2010/11, the electricity costs represent approximately 85% of the total operating budget for residential streetlights, with the remaining portion used for administration and maintenance coordination.
Three Informational Meetings have been scheduled, along with one Public Meeting and one Public Hearing. All of the meetings will be held in the City Hall Council Chamber located at 14177 Frederick Street:
By law, the balloting is restricted to property owners. Property owners’ ballot must be returned to the Moreno Valley City Clerk no later than 6:30 p.m. on September 14 in order for their vote to be counted.
For additional information concerning the residential streetlights, the mail ballot proceeding, or the Zone B (Residential Street Lighting) program, please visit the City’s website at www.moval.org and click on “Residential Street Lighting” or call the City of Moreno Valley Special Districts Division at (951) 413-3480.
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