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PUD layoffs announced


Regan Vacknitz

KPUD Commissioner Randy Knowles speaks at the PUD public hearing Tuesday.

Wednesday morning the Klickitat PUD announced four layoffs as part of its plan to cut up to $800,000 in expenses.

One supervisor, one engineer, and two administrative positions were terminated. In addition, the PUD will seek to have no new salary increases in 2013.

“This was very difficult,” PUD General Manager Jim Smith said Wednesday.

The total internal impact of the layoffs will be $465,000, Smith said.

Members of the community met with the PUD board of commissioners and staff at a public hearing Tuesday evening to debate, ask questions, and discuss a pending rate increase.

At the meeting, Smith stressed the fact that there had not been a rate increase between 2003 and last year,...

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Reader Comments

michaelswellman writes:

It is sad that our PUD is not doing well financially. The wide open investment in risky schemes at levels many knew and said were unsafe now leaves the rate payers on the hook. One commissioner told me that he was going to run the PUD as a business. The only problem is that the PUD is underwritten by the public, and we will have to pay higher electrical rates to overcome the bad investments. And, was the public really made aware of these investments, or the potential risks? Are we being told the whold story of the landfill gas debacle? No. I would feel better about higher rates if the PUD Board was more open and honest about what caused the problem and what the solutions are.


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