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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Water Rates to Increase in Shelburne

Shelburne | by Phil DeLand  

Council resolved to adapt a 10.2 per cent annual increase to consumptive rates and 2.3 per cent annual increases to the base charge.

Water rates are going up in Shelburne and Wade Mills says there's a couple of reasons for it.

Watson and Associates Economics made a presentation to council Monday night.

Council resolved to adapt a 10.2 per cent annual increase to consumptive rates and 2.3 per cent annual increases to the base charge.

Meanwhile, they also voted to an annual increases to consumptive rates of 4.6 per cent and 7.6 per cent annual increases to the base charge.

Mayor Wade Mills says that works out to around $90 or $100 annually to the water portion of the average taxpayers bill.

He said the increase will offset the amount of money the town needs to borrow for a couple of big projects coming up - the wastewater treatment plant and Well 3.

The increase to the water bill work out to be less than the increase to the bill if the town just borrowed all the money they needed for the projects up front.

Mills added that the other main reason for the increase is simply the growth of the town and the increase to water usage.

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