The Chelan County PUD board of commissioners are expected to approve the utility's 2013 budget at this afternoon's Commission meeting. Commissioner Norm Gutzwiler says staff is forecasting that the PUD's bottom line will go up about $6.6 million dollars by the end of next year to more than $82.3 million.
Operating expenses are projected to increase by about $121.8 million dollars over the 2012 budget. That's a three point seven percent increase. Gutzwiler says capital spending is expected to be at or below the budget target of $48 million.
The spending plan does not include an electric rate increase, but it does pencil in possible rate increases of six percent for the PUD's five thousand water customers, and 15 percent for its 450 waste water customers. Those could take effect in April, if the board gives the go-ahead after holding public hearings on the issue. PUD officials say the increases are part of the District's goal of having individual utility services rates cover the costs of providing the service.