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Utility rates going up $1 as of January

New utility rates have gone into effect  as of January 1 for the residence of the City of Cranbrook. Water and sewer rates will see an increase of $1, taking water rates from $19 to $20, and sewer rates from $17 to $18.

Landfill fees will actually decrease by $1, taking those fees from $12 down to $11. That brings monthly utility rates up $1 to $56.50 per month.

The city noted in a release that water rates for non-residential users, including those with metered accounts, have increased proportionately.

The new rates were approved by city council back on November 25. Council passed all three bylaws unanimously.

At that time city staff explained that the decrease in sewer rates comes as the city is comfortable with the surplus balance in the solid waste funds and so suggested the decrease.

The city also gives a discount of five per cent on all 2014 utility accounts paid for the year and received at city hall on or before February 28, 2014.

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