Even though the inside postal workers are on strike, rest assured your bills will come. As did my bills yesterday, two of them: Terasen Gas and BC Hydro. One would think that one would get charged strictly for the amount of fuel or electricity used, but oh no. As most of you know, the bills contain a plethora of other charges that, in some cases, add up to more than the cost of the actual energy consumption.
Here’s my gas bill from Teresen.
Basic charge: 11.13
Delivery( 4.5 GL at 2.728 per GL) 12.28 = 23.41 ” *
So, after calling Terasen I am told that all customers are charged for the privilege of having gas go through the pipes to our homes- this is the basic charge. Even if you don’t ever use your gas during the summer, you are still charged for delivery because the gas is actually there in the pipe. Then, you are charged again when you actually have used the gas that is in the pipe, and this delivery charge is based on the amount you used. In my case, it totals 23.41.
Now we go to…
Midstream( 4.5 GJ at 1.326 per GJ) 5.97
Cost of Gas ( 4.5 GJ at 7.536 per GJ) 33.91 = 39.88 ” *
Well, I can see where my actual consumption is, so what is this midstream? Apparently, this refers to the charges Terasen pays other companies who store, transport and otherwise help Terasen manage the gas they deliver to us. ( ?????? most companies call this the cost of doing business, but whatever)
Then , we get to my favorite part:
Other Charges and Taxes
Carbon Tax ( 4.5 GJ at 0.4966 per GJ) 2.23*
Clean Energy Levy ( 0.49% of the ” amounts) 0.25
GST( 5% of * amounts) 3.28 = 5.76
Ah yes, that oh so wonderful Carbon Tax of Gordon Campbells that is revenue neutral IS in fact making money for the federal government because they are charging GST on it!!!! A tax on a tax- is that even legal? Isn’t that like double dipping?
Tax us once , and then tax us again and hope we don’t notice it.
I couldn’t get an good answer as to why we are being charged the clean energy levy other than the woman I spoke to thought it goes towards developing clean energy sources. Another cash grab. Where are they?
All in all, the cost of gas that I actually used was $33.91. The total of other charges was $35.14.
And they wonder why we feel like we getting gouged.
So, let me share with you my BC Hydro bill charges.
Basic charge : 2.33*
Usage charge : 38.06*
Rate Rider at 0.5%: 0.68*
Innovative Clean Energy Fund Levy at 0.4%: 0.55
Regional Transit Levy: 62 days @$0.06240/day: 3.87*
Then, because of the rate change, I get another slew of charges pro-rated for the remainder of the billing period.
The gist of this bill is this: we are getting taxed on top of the levies and fund and other charges we have on top of our ACTUAL consumed energy.
And please tell me this. Why is Translink even considering imposing another levy on us to make some money if we are already paying a regional transit levy on our bills?
If every customer in BC is paying that charge, Translink is making a killing, and we all have to pay it regardless of income level. Welfare recipients are paying it. And we are paying GST on top of that Transit levy, so the government is making moola on that as well.
It doesn’t seem to matter where or who or why, but I think we’ve already paid enough via all the crafty little charges they stick in here and there, including the taxes in our gas for the car. When the additional charges and taxes and levies mandated by the government are larger than the actual amounts of energy/fuel used, something’s wrong.
This year alone, we’ve seen raises for ministers, raises for executives, fare increases, taxes and levies out the ying-yang – not to mention the horrific 2010 expenditures, and the ultimate slap in the face is that now, we are getting charged a tax on a tax.
I’m tired of the little guy( or gal) having to take up the slack for the governments mismanagement and decisions. When was the last time the premier relied on transit- he has a government car! An expense account, government jets! When was the last time he had to choose between paying for his heating bill and buying better food? or paying rent? That IS where many British Columbians are financially right now, and these are the people feeling the brunt of government mismanagement and their ridiculous solutions- and it will be along winter for so many.
It’s time for the government to look at where THEY have to cut back on un-necessary spending and excess , instead of passing the buck on to the average Joe. I for one, have had enough.
I’m Laila Yuile, and this is how I see it.