The Springfield Utility Board plans to hold public hearings in November and December on the proposed 2022 Utility Budget; 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; and 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 first public hearings will be held during the regular Board meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. The purpose of these first public hearings is to gather public input. No action will be taken at the November 10 Board meeting. The second public hearings will be held at the regular Board meeting on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Following the second public hearings in December, 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. The November 10 and December 8 regular Board meetings will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the public hearings will be held under Business from the Board.

Information on the proposed budget and proposed rate increases will be available for public review prior to the public hearings on SUB’s website at www.subutil.com. To receive copies of the proposed rate structure by mail, or to obtain answers to questions about the proposals, please call Meredith Clark at 541-744-3794.

Members of the public are invited to join the November 10 regular Board meeting remotely via phone or internet and will be prompted to share general comments during Business from the Audience, as well as 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 using the email link provided on the agenda by Noon on November 10 to be entered into the record.