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We provide services vital to your quality of life

As Tacoma Public Utilities adjusts rates, we understand that decisions we make will impact you. We take that responsibility seriously and look for ways to manage costs effectively, while still delivering the quality of service you expect by maintaining and improving our system.

We are preparing budgets for 2019 and 2020, a process that includes rate planning, system maintenance, and improvement projects for the coming two years.

 

On October 10, TPU staff presented a proposed budget to the Public Utility Board for review. This meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. in the TPU Auditorium, included an opportunity for public comment. The documents and proposals for the board can be read below:

Video of the meeting is archived on our website.

On October 24, the Public Utility Board will vote whether to adopt TPU's budget and rate proposals. This meeting is also open to the public and will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the TPU Auditorium.

If you're interested in learning more about how the budget process works and hearing about rate adjustments before they go into effect, there are several opportunities for members of the public to hear from Tacoma Public Utilities staff:

Neighborhood Council Meetings

  • Sept. 10, 6 p.m. - North End Neighborhood Council Meeting, University of Puget Sound, Trimble Forum
  • Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m. - New Tacoma Neighborhood Council Meeting, People's Center
  • Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. - Eastside Neighborhood Council Meeting, Stewart Height Park Building
  • Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. - South Tacoma Neighborhood Council Meeting, STAR Center
  • Sept. 19, 7 p.m. - West End Neighborhood Council Meeting, Tacoma Fire Station 16
  • Sept. 20, 6 p.m. - Northeast Neighborhood Council Meeting, The Center at Norpoint
  • Oct. 15, 7 p.m. - South End Neighborhood Council, Tacoma Fire Station 8, 4911 S. Alaska St.

City Council Meetings

  • Aug. 13, 7 p.m. - City of Lakewood, Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers
  • Aug. 20, 6 p.m. - City of Fircrest, Council Chambers
  • Aug. 21, 6 p.m. - City of Fife, Fife City Hall
  • Aug. 21, 12 p.m. - Pierce County Council, County-City Building, Room 1046
  • Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. - University Place City Council Meeting, Town Hall Meeting Room 
  • Oct. 2, 10 a.m. - Tacoma City Council, presentation to the Government Performance and Finance Committee,  Municipal Building, Room 248
  • Oct. 16, 10 a.m. - Tacoma City Council, presentation to the Government Performance and Finance Committee,  Municipal Building, Room 248
  • Oct. 16, 12 p.m. - City Council Joint Utility Board Study Session, Municipal Building, Council Chambers
  • Nov. 13, 5 p.m. - Biennial Budget First Reading, City Council Study Session, Municipal Building, Council Chambers
  • Nov. 20, 5 p.m. - Biennial Budget Second Reading, City Council Study Session, Municipal Building, Council Chambers

Other Community Meetings

  • Aug. 27, 5:30 p.m. - MetroParks Tacoma, Metro Parks headquarters
  • Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. - Korean Women's Association, Holy Family Church, 1427 E. 40th St.
  • Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m. - Korean Women's Association, Holy Family Church, 1427 E. 40th St.
  • Sept. 25, 6 p.m. - Safe Street Block Group: East Allenmore, Allenmore East Condominiums, 2440 S. Steele St.
  • Oct. 1, 6 p.m. - Safe Street Block Group: Kravitz, Amazing Grace Church, 7244 S. Oakes St.
  • Oct. 2, 6 p.m. - Safe Street Block Group: First Creek, Portland Ave Community Center
  • Oct. 10, 11 a.m. - Beacon Senior Center, 415 S. 13th St. 
  • Oct. 11, 11 a.m. - Lighthouse Senior Activity Center, 5016 A St.
  • Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m. - Black Collective, 2316 S. Yakima Ave.
  • Oct. 31, 10:45 a.m. - Korean Women's Association, 123 E. 96th St.

Tacoma Public Utility Board 

  • Sept. 12, 3 p.m. - Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail Budget presentation at Tacoma Public Utilities
  • Sept. 26, 3 p.m. - Tacoma Power Budget presentation at Tacoma Public Utilities 
  • Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. - Public Utility Board session at Tacoma Public Utilities, opportunity for public comment
  • Oct. 16, 12 p.m. - City Council/ Joint Utility Board Study session, Municipal Building, Council Chambers
  • Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. - Public Utility Board votes whether to adopt rate proposals at Tacoma Public Utilities

If approved, Tacoma Water rate adjustments would go into effect January 1, 2019, and Tacoma Power rates would go into effect April 1, 2019.

Budget and Rates Process Quick Guide

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View this quick guide in six different languages

We have developed a one sheet to help break down the projected rate adjustments. Use the links below to access this handout in six different languages.

Click here to read in English

Click here to read in Khmer

Click here to read in Korean

Click here to read in Russian

Click here to read in Spanish

Click here to read in Vietnamese

Budget and Rates Presentations

Tacoma Power and Tacoma Water staff have been preparing and presenting budget and rates research and background to the Public Utility Board since early this year. For more information on what projects are planned and how costs are managed, see the presentations below.

Presentation to franchise cities served by Tacoma Public Utilities:

Manage Your Bill


Payment assistance programs
Tacoma Public Utilities offers a variety of payment options, services and programs to help make paying your utility bill more manageable. We also offer free online resources that provide tools and tips for lowering your power and water bills.

Budget billing
Residential customers who have had service for at least 12 months may enroll in Budget Billing. You pay the same amount for your utilities each month. On the 12th month, your budget billing amount will be recalculated for the next 12 months. This allows you to accurately plan for and create a budget for your utility expenses.

Conservation for residential customers
Our conservation programs offer many ways to reduce your electric and water use, from instant discounts at retail stores on LED bulbs, to energy and water saving showerheads and aerators, to rebates and contractor resources for insulation, windows, heat pump water heaters, and ductless heat pumps. Learn more about our residential conservation programs.

Conservation for business customers
No matter what type of business you own or manage, we have ways to reduce your electric and water use. We offer rebates and incentives on energy-saving lighting retrofits, HVAC system upgrades and compressed air efficiency projects, to name a few. We also offer free energy audits and energy bill profiles, as well as zero-interest loans. Learn more by checking out our commercial conservation programs.  

Grants and zero interest loans for home, property, and business owners
Income-qualified customers may be eligible to receive a grant that could cover a majority of the costs of energy efficiency improvements to their residence. Depending on the program, both home owners and tenants (with owner approval) may apply. Tacoma Power also offers zero-interest loans to qualifying home, property and business owners.

 

Would you like to weigh in? Use the form below to submit a comment about the 2019/2020 budget and rates process. All comments are reviewed by TPU staff.