Board of Public Utilities members decided tonight to support keeping the payment in lieu of taxes fee on BPU bills at the same level this year.
The BPU members said they wanted to keep the current PILOT program rates until the BPU gets together with the Unified Government later this year.
Possible changes in the PILOT program would happen in 2014, only after the BPU meets with the UG on the issue.
PILOT is a fee that the UG places on the utility bills of BPU customers. The payment is intended to be the same amount that would be paid in taxes if the customers were served by a private utility.
A typical current PILOT fee is about $15 on a $138 monthly electric and water bill. The amount is about 10.9 percent, and was the same percentage in 2012, and down from about 11.9 percent in 2011 and 12.9 percent in 2010. Originally, the amount was scheduled to drop to 9.9 percent in 2013, but that action had not yet been approved by the UG.
In other action at the BPU work session, policies and procedures were discussed.