GRU proposes budget increase
Gainesville Regional Utilities is set to present their increased budget proposal to the City Commission Wednesday. Despite a decrease in electric and gas units, prices on maintaining water and wastewater rose, increasing the average bill a consumer could expect to pay by $2.
Though this increase is minimal, it’s still noticable over the longhaul, particularly when GRU officials consider local residents have conserved water very well over the past year. The problem however, lies in rising fixed costs attributed to aspects such as water and wastewater. While consumers aren’t spending as much on water, the company has to continue to pay more each year to maintain safe service, thus creating a problem is a downturn economy.
GRU’s budget goals, according to Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Hunt, were to hold needed price changes to a minimum, which the Utilities company achieved by limiting budget increase to 1%. Under the proposed budget, the expected average bill would raise from $198 to $200.24.
This entry was posted in Local
. Bookmark the permalink
More Stories in Local
The 1,000-plus acres of diverse land west of Newnans Lake in Gainesville will provide bicycle and hiking trails for the public in spring 2015.
“We started off as a drop off spot where people could bring old shoes when they bought a new pair, or bring back a defective pair,” Carillo said. “It grew more and more through word of mouth, and now people know to bring their shoes to us.”
As the number of food insecure households rise, local food banks see a rapid decline in food supply from Florida’s government grant program.
Demonstrators from the University of Florida Dream Defenders and UF Students for a Democratic Society protested for two hours outside of the O’Connell Center on Friday in response to the police actions in Ferguson and New York that lead to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy entered a heated debate over Northwest 8th Avenue with unhappy community members on Twitter.