Turning up the heat will get pricier in Kelowna

Kelowna city council approved another utility rate increase Monday, this time for the amount of 6.6 per cent or about $6.33 a month for the average user.

  • Jan. 18, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Kelowna city council approved another utility rate increase Monday, this time for the amount of 6.6 per cent or about $6.33 a month for the average user.

While this increase alone isn’t substantial, there were increases last February and November.

The grand total, to date, means power costs about 16 per cent more than it did a year ago.

The increase will be levied in March, and Mayor Sharon Shepherd explained if they weren’t to approve the increase to city utility users, the cost would have to be distributed to all Kelowna tax payers.

As is, the city buys its power through Fortis, which was granted the increase through the B.C. Utilities Commission, and if they didn’t pass the rate down to consumers the budget would be thrown out of whack with an extra $1.2 million cost coming the city’s way.

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