PUD budgets for capital improvements

About $2 million of the $5.6 million that would be raised from a proposed 8 percent rate increase by the Grays Harbor PUD would be used on "future capital improvements," and the rest would go toward growing expenses, PUD spokeswoman Liz Anderson told The Daily World of Aberdeen.

Breaking down the figures, Anderson said that 3 percent of the proposed rate increase would go directly to infrastructure improvements.

Anderson said the PUD needs improvements that will cost about $8 million.

She said there’s a laundry list of projects that need to be done. Next year, the PUD will spend $750,000 on transmission line projects, $1.1 million in substation improvements, $4.1 million for distribution projects that will enhance reliability, and $1.5 million for equipment replacement – computer equipment and software, and tools and equipment for various departments.

Future budget items would be prioritized and budgeted as funding becomes available, Anderson said.