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Franklin PUD Raises Rates for the First Time Since 2005

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PASCO, Wash.-- Franklin PUD commissioners voted Tuesday to increase rates by 4.9-percent starting My 1st.

The residential basic charge will also go up ten dollars to $21.45.

This is the utility's first rate increase since 2005.

Commissioners said they can't maintain current rates because they're dealing with the rising cost of power from the Bonneville Power Administration.

"Really trying to look out for the customer, cut cost everywhere we can. But now it's really time that we have to raise our rates just to absorb and take care of these Bonneville rate increases," said Debbie Bone-Harris, Franklin PUD spokesperson.

This rate increase decision includes an additional increase next year of up to 4.9 percent based on cost estimates at that time.

Commissioners decided against a proposed 8% increase.

For the average customer, their bill will increase by just over $4 a month.

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