The Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners will consider an increase in customer rates at their regularly scheduled meeting on July 21, 2014.  The 1.5% increase will go into effect on August 1.

The need for the increase is driven by rising operational costs, especially an increase in power costs from the Bonneville Power Administration .  The PUD had expected an increase of 1.75%, however budget adjustments allowed the increase to be lowered by a quarter-percent.

“I really appreciate the work put in by the staff to make this increase as small as possible.  Thanks to some pencil sharpening, we were able to find a little room to ease the impact on our customers,” said Board of Commissioners President Russ Skolrood.  “Providing safe and reliable power to our customers is the most important job we have.  It’s our responsibility to do it at the lowest practical cost.”

The change is part of an increase approved last December as part of the 2014 budget.  However, the commissioners agreed to postpone a portion of the increase to help move the District away from winter increases to a time when bills are lower and household expenses are not as high.