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~r Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-9 By NATALIE JOHNSON The PUD has proposed natalie@masoncoun com a 3 percent increase to residential rates, with a The Mason County PUD 10 cent increase in daily 3 Board ofCommissioners is system charges. considering a $63.7 million Small commercial oper- proposed budget for 2015 ations would also face a 3 and power and telecommu- percent rate increase and nication rate increases for a 10 cent increase to the many of its customers, daily charge. Large com- The board had public mercial operations will see hearings on the budget a 10 percent increase in and changes to its rates their power demand rate Nov. 10. The board is but no other increases. scheduled to vote on the The changes to the items at its next regular- utility s rate schedule also ly scheduled meeting atwould include a new cat- 10 a.m. Tuesday. egory for marijuana grow- The proposed $63.7 mil-ers and processors and lion 2015 budget is about amendments to a category $1.6 million higher than for outdoor lighting. the utility's 2014 budget. Speaks said the utility The utility's largest is expecting rate increases expenses in 2015 are from its main power sup- projected to be operating plier, the Bonneville Pow- costs, at $26.3 million, erAdministration. and purchased power, atThe PUD commission $28.2 million, will also vote Tuesday on The PUD plans to proposed changes to its spend $889,553 on con- fiber-opticrates. servation in 2015, about The new rates would in- half what it budgeted in clude an increase to $25 for 2014, and has budgeted 100 megabits per second, $4.4 million in capitalup from$18.50. expenses in 2015, aboutPUD 3 Manager An- $500,000 more than 2014. nette Creekpaum said the PUD 3 finance manag- utility had not increased er Sherri Speaks said the its rate since 2005. proposed rate increasesThe proposed fiber rates are driven by increasedalso would include a new power and transmission offering of 1 gig for $65. costs and the need to in- A standard subscriber vest in infrastructure and connection fee would be to buy renewable power,reduced from $50 to $25. *Payment example for a $150,000 POWERHOUSE mortgage: 120 payments of $1,439.77 at 2.875% interest rate and 3.351% APR (Annual Percentage Rate) based on Anchor Bank's current rates as of 9/2/14 for owner-occupied property with a 1.0% origination fee. These payments do not include amounts for taxes and insurance premiums. Actual payment obligation will be greater. Mortgage insurance required if Loan to Value is above 80%. Interest rates and fees are subject to change without notice. Other terms are available for mortgage loans longer than 10 years, including various options for origination fees and interest rates. Loans subject to credit approval. Other terms and conditions apply. **Available for primary residence only. Variable rate. The minimum interest-only payment will not reduce the principal balance. Additional principal payments are allowed and encouraged. Loans subject to credit approval. Other terms and conditions apply, ***Program is for construction term only. Borrower must re-qualify for permanent financing. Owner-occupied properties only. Loans subject to credit approval. Other terms and conditions apply. The sun illuminates a couple as they walk at the Theler Wetlands in Belfair. Journa! photo by Gordon Weeks down a boardwalk a few minutes before sunset Sunday This is addiction. Let us help. We're here to help you Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center offers comprehensive outpatient services for substance abuse, problem gambling and tobacco cessation. We treat adults and adolescents. To help you get the most appropriate care for your situation, we invite you to: Come to an orientation session. Call 360-456-7575 to reserve a spot. Orientation takes place at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. You'll learn about our services and have the opportunity to schedule time for a full assessment. Get an assessment. We can help you determine what services are a good fit. Register for treatment. We'll work with you to find the best treatment option, and we'll help you with the admission process. If you're ready, we can help you get your life back, one day at a time. www.providence.org/SW-AddictionRecovery Call 360-456-7575 for more information. PROVIDENCE St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center