Twelve-dollar increase to water fees coming

Cranbrook residents can expect slightly higher water rates next year

Water user rates for Cranbrook residents will go up starting January 1.

Council voted at the regular meeting on Monday, October 22, to increase monthly water user rates from $18 to $19 per month.

“That one dollar increase will generate close to $125,000 more in revenue, and our forecasted total water user fee revenues for 2013 is $2,176, 611,” said Mayor Wayne Stetski.

The increase is likely to be followed by another one-dollar monthly increase in 2014, according to the city’s Five Year Financial Plan approved earlier this year.

“We do this through our budget discussions. This would have been discussed at last year’s budget time, so we need to implement it January 1. The budget discussion is done almost a year in advance,” explained chief administrative officer Wayne Staudt.