OMAK – The boardroom of the Okanogan County Public Utility District was packed with customers angry over the higher energy rates and how these rates are affecting their lives during the PUD commissioners’ board meeting on Tuesday, April 5.
Since the energy rate discussion was not on the commissioners’ agenda, the attendees spoke during the public comment period and the commissioners listened to them for over an hour before ending the period to continue with their meeting.
Starting off the comment period was William Bordua, who stated he was representing his neighbors.
“They simply can not absorb this price increase,” Bordua said. “They can hardly live in this county as is. We can’t take this kind of lump increase. You guys can pass your costs on to us, but as the consumer, we have no one else to pass our costs on to.”