Last week Rossland city council moved forward with bylaws to increase water and sewer rates in 2017.
The new rates, which will take effect Jan. 1 if approved by council, will increase 10 per cent for non-metered water and 10 per cent for non-metered sewer. For those who have had water meters installed, the base rate for water will increase three per cent, while consumption rates will increase eight per cent. Residential sewer service does not include a consumption rate, but non-residential sewer service over 30 cubic meters per month does, and that will also increase 8 per cent.
For a single-family, metered household, the new proposed monthly base rate for water is $18 and the monthly base rate for sewer is $25.25. The water consumption rate for the same household, calculated monthly, would be 26 cents per cubic meter for under 30 m3, 42 cents per cubic meter for 30-100 m3, and 63 cents per cubic meter for over 100 m3.
The increased rates are not the only changes proposed in the bylaws. Council is also proposing to add an incentive for those who have yet to comply with metering — a $100 quarterly fee — and eliminating the seniors discount of $20 per year.
Proposed changes also include a new billing schedule. Bills for September to November of this year would be sent out in early December, and due by Dec. 31. A bill for December would be sent out in early January, and would be due by Feb. 28, and from then on the new billing cycle would take effect:
Bill for January to March, dated Apr. 1 — due May 31
Bill for April to June, dated July 1 — due Aug. 31
Bill for July to September, dated Oct. 1 — due Nov. 30, balance outstanding at Dec. 31 will be transferred to property taxes
Bill for October to December, dated Dec. 31 — due Feb. 28
Council is also considering adding a $3 per quarter paper billing fee, effective Jan. 1. To sign up for electronic billing, sent an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the proposed changes to sewer and water in Rossland, visit rossland.ca/water-and-sewer-rate-changes-proposed-2017.