GRU Budget Proposal Raises Questions
Published July 16th, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Gainesville Regional Utilities customers are going to be paying more than they might have realized next year in fuel charges.
GRU management presented their budget proposal to city commissioners tuesday afternoon.
A major point of discussion during the proposal was the true impact of a 30 dollar increase to the fuel charge over the next two years.
Gainesville City Commissioner, Yvonne Hinson-Rawls addressed the GRU General Manager about how much of an increase ratepayers will see,
"Why don't you clear that up today Mr. Hunzinger? What can our customers expect from the biomass bill in their base rate."
GRU General Manager, Bob Hunzinger clarifies for commissioners, "At that time i believe i said it would be in the neighborhood of 30 dollars for the 1000 kwh customer bill relative to that but prior to that i went through a very long explanation on all these other things we've done."
The GRU fuel adjustment fund as of 2013 stands at 26.2 million.
The money in the fund is meant to protect ratepayers from fluctuating fuel costs.
But it will be used to offset some of the cost of the new biomass plant.
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