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Utility district raises electric, water rates

The Truckee Donner Public Utility District board of directors will raise electric and water rates in order to keep up with rising costs.

At its Wednesday meeting, the board approved the increase to meet budget projections. On the electric side, the district’s 2005 budget called for an additional $146,000 to be raised by increasing each user’s monthly “customer charge” by approximately 17 percent while leaving the rate per kilowatt-hour alone. Residential customers should see a jump in their monthly customer charges of 84 cents per month, while small, medium and large commercial customers will see increases of $1.62, $16.19 and $70.83 per month respectively.

On the water side the picture is similar. Next year’s budget calls for an additional $240,000 in revenue to be raised by an across-the-board rate increase of almost 4 percent. Most residential customers will see their monthly water bills increase by $1.71, whereas commercial customers will see jumps from $1.46 to $7.56 per month.

Meanwhile, the public may soon be able to watch such decisions being made live on channel 6. After the 2005 budget was approved Wednesday, directors voted to spend $12,500 to install three remote-controlled cameras and other equipment necessary to begin televising the district board meetings on Truckee Tahoe Community Television, cable channel 6.

According to Alan Harry, the district’s telecommunications director, the district should be ready to go live with the televised meetings as soon as the March 2 board meeting if the installation doesn’t encounter difficulties.

And while no one came right out and demanded “I want my PUD TV,” several members of the audience did speak in favor of the district’s plan to make their meetings more accessible to the public.

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