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Posted on Nov 9, 2015

Public invited to rate hearings next week

Staff report
Grant PUD customers next week will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on proposed rate increases for the coming year.
The utility will hold two meetings on Tuesday. The first is at 2 p.m. at the PUD headquarters building, 30 C St. S.W. in Ephrata. A second hearing will be held at 6 p.m. at the Moses Lake Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam St.
Grant PUD will implement a 2 percent retail revenue increase for next year. That increase will generate about $3.66 million, according to PUD numbers.
Overall, retail revenue is forecasted to grow by $13.1 million from 2015 to 2016, according to the PUD. Most of those additional revenues are coming from load growth.
The proposed rate increases for next year include:
1.6 percent for residential customers
3.5 percent for commercial businesses
3.3 percent for irrigators
4.9 percent for Class 14 industrial customers
4.3 percent for Class 16 ag processor customers
0.5 percent for Class 15 industrial customers (includes Quincy data centers)
The rate increases are projected to increase a residential customer’s bill by an average of $1.53 a month, a commercial business’ bill by $9.64 a month and an irrigator customer’s bill by $22.35 a month, according to figures from the PUD.
The Tuesday meetings were arranged because commissioners decided they wanted more input on the rates from the public, said Chuck Allen, PUD spokesman.
Commissioners are scheduled to approve the rates and the 2016 budget at their regular meeting on Tuesday; however, when they approve the budget is up to them, Allen said.