GRU Rates to Increase
Gainesville, FL -- Gainesville Regional Utilities is proposing steps to ease some of the furor over rising rates. GRU's proposed budget includes some increases to all portions of the bill, but the increases are less than once anticipated.
On average, it's about a $7 increase per month on residential bills - that covers electric, water, waste water and gas. GRU Officials said that's good, compared to the amount they were expecting this time last year - more than twice that. Officials expected electric rates to increase about $9.85 per 1,000 kWh, but now they've managed to get that down to about $2.25 per 1,000 kWh.
But it comes at a cost of not giving GRU employees a two percent raise and one million dollars in the annual fund transfer to the City of Gainesville. Representatives of the Communications Workers of America, the union that represents GRU employees, say they already negotiated their contract to include no increase for 2015.
Chief Financial Officer David Richardson said rates are increasing because utility sales have gone down and the cost of utilities have gone up.
"We need to increase our rates to make sure we cover the costs to serve our customers," said Richardson.
Proposed FY2015 rate increases for residential customers:
- Electric - $2.25 per 1,000 kWh
- Water - $1.00 per 7,000 gallons
- Wastewater - $1.95 per 7,000 gallons
- Gas - $2.36 per 25 therms
For commercial customers:
- Electric - 1.2% - $2.9% Increase, depending on usage
- Water - Up to 2.72% Increase
- Wastewater - 3.57% Increase
- Gas - 4.80% - 6.88% Increase, depending on usage
The rates are not set in stone - GRU officials must get the budget approved by the Gainesville City Commission before the rate increase can take effect.
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