The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors will host three public workshops to discuss the possibility of raising energy rates for customers next year.
The three public workshops will be held as follows:
- Monday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in the TID Board Room at the Main Office Building, 333 E. Canal Dr.
- Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Howard Training Center, 1424 Stonum Rd., Modesto
- Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Hammon Senior Center, 1033 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson
At the public workshops, the TID will share the proposal for the possible rate increase for the first time.
Board members previously approved, on a 4-1 vote, to hold a public rate hearing on Dec. 2 to discuss any possible changes to customers’ rates. Following the rate hearing, the TID Board could vote to approve the rate hike.
The possible rate increase comes to address a projected $16.7 million revenue shortfall and continue to cover increased costs of supplying reliable power.
Although holding the rate hearing would not force the Board to raise rates, Director Joe Alamo, who had the only dissenting vote, said the Board should wait till they see the official budget and shortfall before moving forward with scheduling the rate hearing.
“I still think we should have a clear vision before we go out to the customer mentioning dollars,” said Alamo. “…I’d prefer to delay it, personally.”
However, Director Michael Frantz believed that any new information from the budget could only benefit customers and possibly lead to only a 3 percent increase, rather than the proposed 5 percent.
“I would support going forward with setting the rate hearing and working through it slowly,” said Frantz.
The TID Board of Directors will be able to vote on a rate increase following the Dec. 2 rate hearing at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the TID Main Office Building, 333 E. Canal Dr..
At this time, TID is also considering doubling irrigation rates for its customers due to an $1.5 million annual shortfall for the past decade.