EUGENE, Ore. — Starting May 1, Eugene Water and Electric Board customers may notice a spike in their energy bill.
EWEB will raise its rates starting Wednesday by about five percent on average for all customers. Commissioners gave the approval for the increase in December.
EWEB leaders say even though the rates will go up, there might not be too much of a difference since bills go down during the spring and summer months.
“This is the time of year when electricity usage for most households starts going down. And so the consumption generally will decrease, which would have the tendency of lowering your bill,” said Lance Robertson, EWEB Public Affairs Manager.
Robertson says they’ve been working to keep the rates from climbing even higher, but it will be tough with next year’s budget cuts.
They’re anticipating $11 million in budget cuts and that could lead to the elimination of 20 positions.