Salmon Arm residents can expect to see an increase to their water and sewer fees for 2019 and 2020. (Amy Reid photo)

City water and sewer fees going up

Salmon Arm residents will see 1.5 per cent increase for 2019 and 2 per cent for 2020

Salmon Arm residents will see a small increase to their water and sewer rates for 2019 and 2020.

City council supported the increase that will see both water and sewer user fees increase by 1.5 per cent in 2019 and two per cent in 2020.

In a report to council, city chief financial officer Chelsea Van de Capelle states the increase is to address rising costs related to labour, equipment and materials, as well as to build up reserves for annual capital upgrades.

Related: Public puts in city budget requests for 2019

Capelle notes increases to water and/or sewer fees have been infrequent, with the last increase to the water rate – 3.5 per cent – occurring in 2018. The last increase to the sewer rate was 2.6 per cent in 2016.

The impact of the residential water and sewer increase amounts to bump of $7.73, going up from $517.64 in 2018 to $525.37 in 2019. The increase for 2020 amounts to $10.49, with the combined water and sewer fees coming in at $535.86.


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