FARMINGTON — Navajo Tribal Utility Authority has scheduled a public forum in Shiprock to meet with customers to explain why the utility wants to change natural gas prices, according to a press release.

The forum is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Shiprock Chapter House. It is designed for customers to comment on rate changes. The utility plans to have company representatives available to answer questions.

The utility has about 8,000 gas customers, and the rate change proposal is limited to natural gas rates.

The information collected at the forums and any additional public comment will be presented to the NTUA Management Board at a public hearing set for Aug. 22 at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz.

The last time NTUA increased the natural gas rates was in 2005, nine years ago.

The utility also plans to host forums on Wednesday in Fort Defiance, Ariz., and on Thursday in Crownpoint.