Public Power Coalition
Why Pacific Power Customers Should Vote for the P.U.D.
The P.U.D. is
Being in a P.U.D., Pacific Power customers will have somewhere to turn if Pacific Power’s rates are too high or their customer service is too low. Currently Pacific Power is not the focus of the P.U.D. supporters, but having one will help Pacific Power’s customers retain low rates & good service.
has already saved Pacific Power customers money
In July 2002, the Oregon Public Utilities Commission granted Pacific Power a rate hike of $138 million – 100% of the amount Pacific Power requested.
In October this rate hike was reversed by the PUC.
In July, there was no P.U.D. petition. In October, we had been out on the streets for 2 months.
customers are paying double taxes
Pacific Power customers who live in Multnomah County will be paying a personal income tax for the first time in Oregon history. The necessity for this tax is because large businesses, such as PGE & Pacific Power, are not paying their fair share.
($10 is not a “fair share”)
Customers of both utilities are being charged, via their rates, for income taxes that are not being paid over to the federal or state government. This is money being taken directly out of ratepayers’ pockets that the region is not receiving.
customers are affected by PGE’s rates
Sure - your rates at home might be fine, but this isn’t just about where you live.
Pacific Power customers conduct business with establishments in PGE’s territory all the time. No doubt you’ve shopped, dined out, gone to school, sought medical treatment, or simply had fun at a place that is a PGE customer. That business’s rate has increased enormously since 1997 & usually that cost has been passed along to you, either in increased prices or decreased service or hours.
Many of you may have worked at, or known someone who did, any of the businesses that have reduced staff or closed divisions due to high energy costs: Fujitsu, Oregon Steel Mills, Blue Heron Paper Co. are only a few.
Perhaps you are self-employed or own a business in Pacific Power’s territory. Many of your customers are probably PGE customers. More of their money going to pay their PGE bill means they have less money to spend with you!
Do the Smart thing on November 4, 2003 – vote YES on the P.U.D.