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Pacific Gas and Electric has made 128-million dollars in franchise fee payments for the year 2003.

Tuolumne County can expect to see more than a third of a million dollars from the power company, and the City of Sonora will receive almost 38-thousand.

PG&E announced yesterday it has made its first batch of Franchise Fee payments to local communities, for the right to run gas and electric services along public streets.

The money supports public health and environmental services, education, and police and fire protection.

This year´s payments to 292 communities around California. Officials say that´s fifteen million dollars more than last year going back to cities and counties around the state.