Proposed 2022 utility budget and proposals to increase water rates, electric rates and dark fiber rates for 2022

The Springfield Utility Board plans to hold its second public hearings on the proposed 2022 Utility Budget; and due to increased capital and operating costs, SUB is proposing an overall 5.0 percent water rate increase with a proposed effective date January 1, 2022 on all bill statements rendered on or after February 1, 2022; and a proposed 2.0 percent electric rate increase with a proposed effective date April 1, 2022 on all bill statements rendered on or after May 1, 2022; as well as a proposed 2.5 percent dark fiber rate increase with a proposed effective date of April 1, 2022 on all bill statements rendered on or after May 1, 2022. The second public hearings will be held under Business from the Board during the Wednesday, December 8, 2021, regular Board meeting at approximately 6:00 p.m.

The first public hearings were held during the regular Board meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Following the second public hearings on December 8, the Board is expected to consider adoption of the proposed 2022 Budget, as well as consider adoption of the proposals to increase water rates, electric rates, and dark fiber rates for 2022.

Members of the public are invited to join the December 8 regular Board meeting remotely via phone or internet and will be prompted to share general comments during Business from the Audience, and will also be prompted during the public hearings to share input to the Board. An agenda will be available on the website at www.subutil.com with instructions to join prior to the meeting. Public comment may also be submitted in advance by Noon on December 8, to be entered into the record by using the email link provided on the agenda.

Information on the proposed 2022 Budget and proposed rate increases are available for public review on SUB’s website at www.subutil.com. To receive copies of the proposed 2022 Budget, and/or the proposed rate structure by mail, or to obtain answers to questions about the proposals, please contact Meredith Clark at 541-744-3794.