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Furlough Will Close PUC Friday, June 18, 2010
 
June 15, 2010 (2010-013)
 
Contacts:  Ray Baum, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Susan Ackerman, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, OR.  Because of budget reductions for state agencies, the Oregon Public Utility Commission will close on Friday, June 18, as Commission employees will take mandatory unpaid furloughs on that day.
 
The closure on June 18 is the fifth of 10 closure dates the state has scheduled over the current two-year budget period. Each day of closure will save an estimated $2 million in personnel costs.
 
 Please call your utility company if you wish to make payment arrangements or check on the status of a payment.  If you have questions regarding a water, natural gas, electric or telephone company regulated by the Commission, please contact the Commission’s Consumer Services Division when we reopen Monday, June 21 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm toll free at 1-800-522-2404.
 
Applications for the Telephone Assistance Programs are available online at
http://www.puc.state.or.us/Pages/rspf/index.aspx  
 
The state has scheduled the following dates as closure days with mandatory unpaid furloughs (all are Fridays):
 
August 20, 2010
September 17, 2010
November 26, 2010
March 18, 2011
May 20, 2011
 
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