City council is looking to lessen the pain of utility rate increases for each of the next two years when it meets Monday.
While administration is still proposing increases for the next two years when it comes to water and waste water as well as drainage charges, they won’t be as punishing to the wallet as first approved by council.
Water and Wastewater rates were supposed to go up 8.3% in each of the next two years, however administration is telling council it can reduce that to 2.5%.
A report going to a strategic meeting of council Monday says efficiencies have been found and some service reductions will save consumers about $70 next year and $148 in 2018.
When it comes to drainage fee charges, the increase was supposed to be 19.1% but administration says the increase can be 7.4%. Money wise that means customers will not have to pay an extra $18 in 2017 and $42 in 2018.
Scenarios of 0% increases were also drawn up but administration worries that Calgarians would face too much of an increase in future years if that came into effect.
The report also says the break in green cart fees next year will cost the city $13 million suggesting the money be recovered from the fiscal sustainability reserve fund, the so called rainy day fund.
Meantime council will also learn that off site levies, the charge that developers now fully pay for growth will be $19 million lower than expected due to the economic downturn.