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Ward 11 News: More Utility Rate Hikes on Horizon

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In a vote of 14 to 1, City Council signed off on a plan that could increase utility bills for the typical household by $17 per month ($204 per year) within the next four years.

After careful consideration, I voted against this plan. I continue to hear from everyday Calgarians who are doing their best to cut expenses and make ends meet, but find themselves struggling to stay afloat.
 
The proposed utility rate hikes, for water, waste water and storm water services, are over and above the indicative property tax increases, and waste and recycling fees, that Council approved earlier this year. All in, average homeowners will likely pay an additional $500 per year by 2022.
 
Small businesses, families, and seniors continue to be crushed by increases in property taxes, utilities, and fees; not to mention the carbon tax, and other increases from the Federal and Provincial governments.
 
Considering the current economic climate, record unemployment rates and all too frequent news of long-time businesses closing their doors, I will continue to push hard for ways that we can do more with the same at City Hall in order to cut rates, or at the very least, hold the line.
 
The City’s 4-year multi-billion-dollar budget will be up for debate in November, with opportunities for the public to speak in the first month of September.



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