Slight increase set for Trail utility rates

City of Trail ratepayers will see a nominal increase of $2.20 per month for water, sewer and garbage collection.

  • Dec. 7, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Along with a new year comes the inevitable utility bill – and most likely it’ll be more than last year.

City of Trail ratepayers will see a nominal increase of $2.20 per month for water, sewer and garbage collection. The total bill amounts to $727 compared to $700.90 in 2015.

For those paying on or before the Feb. 29 discount date, the rate drops 10 per cent to $2 per month or $673 for the year.

Trail council endorsed the changes during Monday’s governance meeting, and bylaws will be up for three readings at Dec. 14 regular council prior to adoption in January.

Two other municipalities also have next year’s utility rate structure in place.

Warfield property owners will see a total increase of $30 when they open January’s bill, excluding their sewer utility. That rate, which hasn’t been determined, is collected on the property tax bill in June (in addition to $47 for the new pipe bridge).

Garbage services will cost $6 more and water, $24, totalling almost $500 if paid before Feb. 29.

A proposed five per cent increase is being considered for sewer and water ratepayers in Montrose.

That amounts to a total increase of $31.50 annually or $28.35 if paid before Feb. 29. The draft bylaw with the new rates is up for three readings at the next regular council, slated Dec. 7.

Montrose council reviewed its solid waste collection and disposal service in October weighing village rates against increased tipping fees at the McKelvey Creek Landfill. Rather than reduce service levels to biweekly curbside pickup, council opted to increase garbage bag user fees $1 or $3.50 per bag to cover annual costs of the service.

Garbage and sewer rates will be considered by Fruitvale council in early January, and levied in mid-February. Bill payment isn’t actually due until Oct. 31, though any amount outstanding Nov. 1 is subject to a 10 per cent penalty.

Rosslanders won’t be seeing their bill in January this year. After gathering public insight, city council opted to hold off and review the rate structure.

“Our old town has too many inconsistencies in how our pipes were installed to be able to put so much emphasis on pipe size,” explained Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore in a newsletter. “We are doing more work and will be coming back to the community with a new, tweaked proposal,” she added.

“It is our intention that fairness, affordability and consumption will feature prominently.“

Just Posted

Silver City soccer starts

Pople Park was flooded with boys and girls when Trail Youth Soccer began on Tuesday

What you see …

If you have a recent photo to share email editor@trailtimes.ca

Watching weather on the 570 line

For forecasters, it’s a sure sign that hot weather is here

Trail Harmony Choir on stage Saturday

Events in the Trail area for the week of April 26 to May 3

Flying high in Montrose

Clear skies were the perfect back drop for a day out in the Beaver Valley Skatepark

VIDEO: B.C. ‘escapologist’ stuns judges on Britain’s Got Talent

Matt Johnson says televised water stunt was closest he’s come to death

NAFTA talks hold Foreign Affairs Minister in Washington, substitute heads to NATO summit

NAFTA talks keeping Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, sends substitute to NATO summit

Britain gives long-lost Franklin expedition ships to Canada, Inuit

Deeds to HMS Erebus and HMS Terror signed over to Canada and Inuit Heritage Trust

Grief over deadly Toronto van attack sinks in

Three days after rampage, people still gathering at memorial to lay flowers and honour victims

Liberals urged to tax e-commerce services like Netflix

Trudeau has been adamant that his government wouldn’t increase taxes on online subscriptions

Why some B.C. daycares didn’t opt in to subsidy program

Deadline passes for program aimed at laying foundation for universal child care

WATCH: Moms Stop The Harm respond to opioid crisis

Someone asked her if she does the work for her son. McBain said: “No, actually. I do it for your son.”

Been a long day? Here’s cute puppies in training

Group is training next batch of assistance dogs at Vancouver International Airport

B.C. skydiver lands safely after cutting away main chute

Greater Victoria emergency services called after witnesses saw spiralling chute

Most Read