Bruderheim Town Council quickly shut down the idea of a five per cent rider on FortisAlberta energy bills.
 
The rider would mean an increase of $3.11 to the average power bill in the town.
 
"It's basically a hidden tax," explained councillor Gary Bottorff. "The town would get five per cent of your utility bill as a hidden tax and the town decided that we didn't need to do that."
 
Vince Campbell of FortisAlberta told councillors that many small communities in Alberta have a 20 per cent rider and Bruderheim is one of just a handful of towns without a rider on power bills.
 
The money FortisAlberta makes on the rider is given back to the town to use for recreation programs, community projects or infrastructure needs.
 
"It would be a burden to our people," said councillor Patricia Lee during a quick debate on the proposal.
 
Town council voted down the proposal, but told Campbell that they would possibly consider it in the future if the conditions were right.

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