Notice of special sessions (including executive session) of SUB Board and regular session Board meeting with public hearing on proposed water rate increase and public hearing on proposed 2019 budget

The Springfield Utility Board will meet in special session on Wednesday, December 12, at 5:00 p.m. The purpose of this special session is to discuss 2018/2019 Board priorities and tasks. This meeting is open to the public.

The Springfield Utility Board will be holding its second public hearings regarding a proposed water rate increase and a proposed 2019 Utility Operating Budget. The first public hearings for the proposed rates and proposed budget were held at the Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The purpose of the first public hearings was to gather public input. No action was taken at the November 14 Board Meeting.

The second and final public hearings will be held under Business from the Board during SUB’s Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, which will begin immediately following the special session, at approximately 6:00 p.m. Following these public hearings, the Board will consider adoption of the proposed water rate increase and adoption of the 2019 Budget. The public is invited to attend this meeting.

Due to increased capital and operating costs, SUB is proposing an overall water rate increase of 4 percent to 9 percent. All customer classes would experience a rate increase under the proposal. The increase is proposed to take effect on all billing statements rendered on or after January 1, 2019.

Copies of the proposed water rate increase and proposed budget will be available for public review prior to the public hearings. They may be reviewed at SUB’s Main Office, located at 250 A Street, in Springfield. To receive copies of the proposed Resolutions or rate structure by mail, or to obtain answers to questions about the proposals, please call Meredith Clark at 541-744-3794.

The Springfield Utility Board will also meet in executive session pursuant to ORS 40.225, ORS 192.660(2)(e), and ORS 192.660(2)(h), attorney-client privileges, to discuss pending and potential litigation, and to deliberate with persons designated to negotiate real property transactions on Wednesday, December 12, at approximately 7:30 p.m., immediately following the regular session board meeting. The executive session is closed to the public.

The meetings and public hearings will take place in SUB’s Board Meeting Room at 223 A Street, Suite F, Springfield, Oregon.