The seats were hard to come by at Tuesday night’s meeting. EWEB took public comment first, but ultimately decided to push through all of the rate increases unanimously.
The electric rates will go up about four percent; water rates will cost customers 20 percent more.
“I think Eugene is going to grin and bear it; but we’re going to get hit, people aren’t going to be able to afford it anymore,” said resident Dick Beers.
“This one is particularly tough because the economy hasn’t recovered, people are still having trouble making ends meet and it’s something our board doesn’t take lightly,” said Lance Robertson, EWEB Public Affairs Manager.
The combined increase will add nearly $9 to the average EWEB customer’s bill.