Util­ity rates set to in­crease in 2019

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie

Coun­cil passed first read­ing of the Util­ity Rate By­law at its Coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day, No­vem­ber 26.

If all three read­ing pass, wa­ter rates will in­crease 5 per cent and waste­water by 2 per cent, an ex­pected jump which is sched­uled into the util­ity rate model for the town.

“As part of our util­ity rate man­age­ment study rec­om­men­da­tions that came out, we’re un­der­fund­ing our util­i­ties, and there was a five year plan to get to sus­tain­abil­ity of sim­i­lar util­ity rate in­creases on an an­nual ba­sis,” said town CAO Dar­ryl Dro­homer­ski at the meet­ing.

Wa­ter rates per cu­bic me­tre will in­crease from $1.7881 in 2018 to $1.8775 in 2019, with base rates in­creas­ing from $14.04 to $14.74. For waste­water, the rate will in­crease from $2.1082 per cu­bic me­tre to $2.1452 per cu­bic me­tre. On a house­hold’s monthly wa­ter bill us­ing 15 cu­bic me­tres of wa­ter, the change will equate to about a $3.75 in­crease per month.

Re­gional mu­nic­i­pal cus­tomers will also see an in­crease this year. Mun­son and Star­land County will see their per cu­bic rates rise from $1.6323 to $1.7139. Knee­hill County users will see rates go up from $1.8354 to $1.9272, both at a 5 per cent in­crease.

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