As a customer-owned utility, our role in the community is more than a provider of water and electricity. We are committed to strengthening the community and enhancing the quality of life for the people we serve.
We power a vibrant community by funding programs that support our investment priorities. While we advocate for many worthy causes, our community giving dollars are reserved for requests that closely align with our main priorities in the Board-adopted Strategic Plan: providing safe and reliable electricity and water to our customers and helping our community be prepared and recover from emergencies. We will consider requests in the following areas as they relate to those strategic priorities.
Because EWEB is a public agency, it is exempt from taxes. Instead, we contribute a portion of electricity sales revenue to the cities of Eugene and Springfield in the form of Contributions in Lieu of Taxes, or CILT. In 2015, CILT payments of more than $13 million supplemented the cities' general funds, supporting critical services like public safety.
We believe energy and water resource education is important. We provide grant funds to local schools, offer tours and presentations and support educational activities in our community.
As a public utility, we share our customers' values around environmental stewardship.