Arcata to Vote in November on Taxing “Egregious” Electric Usage (Grow Houses)
The Arcata Eye has printed the text of Measure I, a local electricity tax, which will be on Arcata’s November ballot.
The whereas-es never mention the indoor pot industry. The 45% tax would apply only to households that use 600% of PG&E’s baseline electricity amount, or about three times as much as the typical household. The measure includes an exception for users who have “life threatening illnesses or compromised immune systems, and therefore receive an extended Medical Baseline Allowance from an Electrical Corporation.”
According to the text of the measure, about 7% of Arcata’s electricity users would be affected by the tax — that 7% uses about six and a half million kWh per year. Arcata’s usage, according to the measure, rose by nine million kWh per year between assessments done in 2000 and 2006, and that represented a 24% increase in electricity use per person. That’s a lot of Christmas lights.