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Kamloops utility rates could increase in 2016

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November 26, 2015 - 4:29 PM

KAMLOOPS – Residents of Kamloops may see a difference in their utility bills come the New Year.

Kamloops city councillors will consider proposed new utility rates for 2016 next week during the regular council meeting, Dec. 1.

Water, sewage, garbage and recycling have all increased over the past five years at an average of roughly $20 every year per household, according to information provided by the city. Taxpayers are paying roughly $100 more for utilities in 2015 than they did per year in 2010.

Of all utilities, water rates have increased by the smallest increments. Homeowners have only seen the price of water rise once in the last five years; roughly $26 in 2012.

Garbage and recycling has been the most expensive utility in the city, increasing by roughly $39 from 2010 to 2015. The cost of garbage and recycling services has been increasing incrementally nearly every year at an average of $7.75 per year.  

While water rates may be set to increase, there has not been any indication from public works that sewage, garbage or recycling rates will be rising.

-- This story and headline was corrected at 12:08 p.m. Nov. 27, 2015. An earlier version stated rates were increasing. That decision has not yet been made.

--This story was corrected at 6:26 p.m. Dec. 1, 2015. An earlier version suggested water rates might increase. Water rates have not increased.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Dana Reynolds at dreynolds@infonews.ca or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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