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Changes to utility bills up in the air

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The city will take a look at a proposed monthly increase to utility bills at their next council meeting. If the city passes the new utility bylaw, water and waste water charges will go up by 2.3 to 2.4 per cent.

CEO Bernd Manz says with the changes, the average household could see increases of about $1.50 on their bill. The charges for solid waste like garbage collection and recycling will drop 2 per cent.

In order to move forward this week, city council needed a unanimous decision but Councillor Kevin MacLean voted against the changes.

Manz says they do have increases in order to cover major projects like the Wapiti River Project that costs around $20 million. If it passes, the increases will start appearing on bills in April.

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