Rates at Work in 2012

Posted Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Skagit PUD's Board approved, on October 25, a rate adjustment of four percent or approximately $1.32 per month for the average residential customer for 2012.

Skagit PUD did not have a rate adjustment in 2011. The 2012 increase enables the utility to continue providing safe and reliable water while maintaining and replacing its existing assets.

Within Skagit PUD's distribution system, there are hundreds of miles of underground pipes, valves and pumps that help deliver water to homes and businesses every day. As your public utility, it is our obligation to adequately support and maintain this valuable, yet aging, infrastructure.

"The 2010 and 2011 budgets reflected the District's response to an uncertain economy and decline in construction activity," Auditor Christine Blake said during a public budget hearing on October 3.

"These budgets focused on reducing expenses in order to provide the best service to District customers while keeping rates as low as possible."

Maintaining our system through replacement and rehabilitation is critically important in order to preserve a good level of service, ensure adequate fire flows, minimize outages and maintain water quality. Deferring needed maintenance can result in expensive system repairs.

The rate increase will be applied to all bills produced January 1, 2012, and thereafter.

Basic Fixed Charge $34.80
First 3 ccf (100 cubic feet)/month 11.52
4 - 100 ccf 21.14
Total $67.46
Proposed 2012 Bill (Bi-Monthly)*
Basic Fixed Charge $36.19 (increase 1.39)
First 3 ccf/month 11.94 (increase 0.42)
4 - 100 ccf 21.98 (increase 0.84)
Total $70.11 (increase $2.64 or $1.32/mo)
* Based on average residential usage (two months) of 9,724 gallons or 13 units of 
water. One unit equals 748 gallons of water.

 

Average Residential Customer
2011 Bill (Bi-Monthly)  
Basic Fixed Charge  
$34.80
First 3 ccf (100 cubic feet)/month  
11.52
4 - 100 ccf  
21.14
Total  
$67.46
   
Proposed 2012 Bill (Bi-Monthly)*  
Basic Fixed Charge  
$36.19 (increase 1.39)
First 3 ccf/month  
11.94 (increase 0.42)
4 - 100 ccf  
21.98 (increase 0.84)
Total  
$70.11 (increase $2.64 or $1.32/mo)
   
* Based on average residential usage (two months) of 9,724 gallons or 13 units of water. One unit equals 748 gallons of water.