Water, sewer rates to rise for county hamlet residents

Benalto and Spruce View residents are among those who will see increases to water and sewer rates.

Benalto and Spruce View residents are among those who will see increases to water and sewer rates.

Red Deer county councillors discussed proposed increases to water and sewer rates during a meeting last Tuesday.

The average will be a two per cent cost of inflation increase however two utility fees reflect a larger increase as the current rates charged are considerably less than cost recovery.

Benalto Mobile Home Park residents will see an increase of 18.7 per cent in their fixed monthly charge, translating to an extra 77 cents per month for each residence. In addition, the usage charge per cubic meter for Spruce View sewer services will increase to 13 cents, from 10 cents.

Councillors gave the fee bylaw first reading and proposed no changes. It will be reviewed again at council’s Dec. 4 meeting. If passed, the fee increases are proposed to become effective in May 2013.