Utility considers 10 percent water rate hike

first_imgUnusually cold weather from earlier this year and a sluggish economy are prompting Clark Public Utilities officials to consider raising water customers’ rates to bridge an anticipated revenue shortfall of $1.08 million.The utility’s three elected commissioners — Nancy Barnes, Carol Curtis and Byron Hanke — are reviewing three rate-hike alternatives, each involving an increase of 10 percent.A customer using an average 1,000 cubic feet of water per month now pays a $24 bill. That would go up by $2.50 to $26.50 per month under the various rate-increase options.By contrast, seven other public agencies surveyed by Clark PUD — including the cities of Vancouver, Battle Ground and Camas, and the public utilities in Skagit and Snohomish counties — charge their water customers, on average, 32 percent more than Clark Public Utilities, data show.Clark’s proposal to increase water bills would affect its 29,000 residential water customers in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas.last_img read more