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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 7A PG&E offers programs to help with electric bills During these challenging economic times, Pacific Gas and Electric Company re- mains committed to assisting customers in need. With PG&E's Breathe Easy Solu- tions, the company has many programs and services avail- able to help individuals and families manage their energy costs--which can be helpful for those who are experienc- ing an unexpected change in their financial situation. PG&E's Breathe Easy Solu- tions initiative provides the following solutions to aid our customers. For assistance in finding the right program to serve your needs, call (800) 743-5000 or visit pge.com. Payment arrangements Contact us if you are hav- ing trouble paying your bill. You can request payment arrangements to help you catch up on your energy bills. Balanced payment plan You can eliminate fluctua- tions in your bill by enrolling in the balanced payment pro- gram. By averaging your bill, you will generally pay the same amount every month, which can help during ex- treme weather months. Bill Guaranty A deposit alternative, PG&E's Bill Guaranty pro- gram enables customers to secure their account by hav- ing another qualifying PG&E customer sign on their be- half. Automatic payment service Make paying your bill easi- er by having payments to PG&E automatically deduct- ed from your bank account. Automatic payment can also be used instead of making a deposit. California Alternate Rates for Energy If your household qualifies (see chart), the CARE pro- gram provides a monthly dis- count on your energy bills. E.ergy ......... The PG&E Energy Partners Program offers income-quali- fied customers who own or rent a home free energy education and weatheriza- tion measures to help reduce energy usage, including: Kory Felker, MPT on site for you 5 days a week! Local QHS graduate Class of 1995 Actively involved in community clubs and athletics PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY Kory Felker, MPT 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 i We can help ... Call us today: 00ATTYI SNCZ Iss, .-- I General Building Contractor I Calif. Lic. #453927 | (530) 283- 2035 1 Call "THE PRINT SHOP" at Feather Publishing for all your printing needs!! 283-0800 refrigerator replacement, door replacement and weath- er stripping, attic insulation, compact fluorescent lighting. Customers who qualify for a monthly discount through California Alternate Rates for Energy may also be eligi- ble for the Energy Partners Program. Relief Energy Assistance through Community'Help (REACH) If your household is in- come-qualified, has experi- enced severe or unplanned hardships and is unable to pay for your energy needs, REACH may provide a one-time energy assistance payment. REACH is sponsored by PG&E and administered by the Salvation Army. Family Electric Rate Assistance If your household qualifies (see chart), the FERA pro- gram provides a monthly dis- count on your electric bills. Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) If your household is in- come-qualified, you may be able to receive assistance on your energy bills. HEAP is a federally funded energy subsidy program ad- ministered by the California Department of Community Services and Development through local agencies and community-based organiza- tions. Medical Baseline You may be eligible to re- ceive additional quantities of energy at the lowest (base- line) price if you are a resi- dential customer who, due to certain medical conditions, is dependent on life-support equipment and/or has spe- cial heating or cooling needs. Third-Party Notification Third-Party Notification al- lows you to name a friend or relative to receive duplicate copies of past-due payment notices. The designated per- son is not responsible for paying the bill, but can con- tact PG&E to help resolve the problem. 1-2 3 $35,800 4 $30,5O0 N/A $35,801 -$44,800 $43,200 $43,201-$54,000 5 $50,600 $50,601-$63,200 6 $58,000 $58,001-$72,400 For each additional $7,400 person, add: $7,400-$9,200 Plumas DISTRICT HOSPITAL Dear Members of our Community, We wish all of you a happy new year. 2010 will mark the 51st year that Plumas District Hospital has provided the highest quality health care to our community. We hope to continue meeting your health care needs for the next 50 years. Measure A was passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2008. Some members of the community have circulated a petition to put a proposed tax limit initiative on the ballot to amend Measure A. In the opinion of the Board, this would eliminate any possibility of building a new hospital or any portion thereof and would threaten the long-term viability of medical services in our community. At the January 5th Board meeting, the hospital declined to appoint an election official to allow this initiative to move forward for three reasons: First, the proposed tax limit initiative is illegal because it violates the District's contract with bondholders who lent the District money for a new hospital. Our general counsel and our special counsel tell us neither the District nor its voters can amend Measure A. Second, the initiative promises something we !isticaltytow cap on the property taxes needed to pay for it. Third, and most importantly, we do not need to spend thousands of dollars on an election based on the community's concern about the cost of a new hospital. Instead, we want an opportunity to respond to that concern while still fulfilling the wishes of the 77 percent of voters who approved Measure A and want a new hospital to ensure the future of medical services in our community. Instead of pursuing a costly election we believe the District and the community need to take a step back, examine our options and decide what this community wants in a new hospital and what it can afford. Until we have that dialogue, we have given the following directions to the District staff: Bring back at a future meeting the documents necessary to reduce the property tax levy for the 2010-11 fiscal year to the smallest amount consistent with the District's obligations to its bondholders. Take no more steps toward sale of additional bonds. Make no final commitment to the scope or design of a new hospital. We thank all those who have taken the time to speak out on this issue. As Board members and Administrators we have the responsibility to ensure that the highest quality, affordable medical services are available over the next 50 years. We pledge to work with the community to make sure we make the best decision possible. The community will live for many, many years with the consequences of the choice we make now in terms of the quality of healthcare, and the quality of life, in our community. Let's take the time to listen to one another, so we can make the best choice. Let's work together. Sin M car ekresat/tterfield ,  Board President Bill Elliott, Board Director Fred Thon, Board Director Kimmel, Board Director Valerie Flanigan, Board Director Richard D. Hathaway, C.E.O.