Utilities rates rise

Council has passed the proposed bylaw that have utilities prices rising in the new year.

  • Feb. 15, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Council has passed the proposed bylaw that have utilities prices rising in the new year.

Both sewer and garbage disposal prices will rise to bring prices in line with the costs of running the programs.

“The average house will see an increase of $16.14 per billing period,” said Jeffrey Lovell, the Director of Finance for the municipality.

Each billing period is six months.

The price for water, however, will not rise.

The increase comes after a long period of stagnant prices that have left the utilities underfunded. The prices had remained the same since 1997 previous to this change.

Due to the long span of time spent stagnant, the prices will rise again next year, another $12.20 per six months, to properly cover the inflation since 1997.

“This put’s us pretty close to inline to make (the utilities) fully sustainable,” said Lovell.

Though the rates for water will stay the same, they may rise next year to make sure that it will have enough of a surplus to pay for it’s upkeep.