City Council is expected to lessen the pain of utility rate increases when it meets Monday. Water, wastewater and drainage rates are all set to skyrocket over the next two years but administration has come up with some savings.
Water and wastewater were set to go up 8.3 per cent in each of the next two years but administration is now telling council it can reduce that to 2.5 per cent. Drainage fee charges were supposed to increase 19.1 per cent but again administration said it’s only necessary to increase by 7.4 per cent in the next two years.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi is pleased council has the flexibility to change the rates.
He says initially it was necessary to increase the rates dramatically to avoid massive debt in the city, but things have changed with our population growth slowing and land developers now picking up the cost of bringing utilities in to a new community.