Two important changes coming to your EPUD bill:
A City Franchise Fee will be shown on your bill under your usage charges. This is not a new charge. It was previously listed as Town Tax on your bill, but has been renamed to more accurately describe its function.
The City Franchise Fee is required by your city. It applies to all EPUD customers within city boundaries. All utilities operating within city limits pay franchise fees to cities in exchange for permission to operate within the city limits. The fees are set by each city and are collected from customers by the utility, and sent on to the city.
In May, the fee amount will change. In an effort to keep rates down, EPUD will no longer absorb a portion of the City Franchise Fee. The city’s entire five-percent fee will be calculated and added to your bill. The resulting fee amount will be higher than previous months.
The City Franchise Fee is collected for the city and isn’t revenue for EPUD.



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