Residents in Redwater will notice some utility bills going up in 2019.
 
As of Janurary 1, the variable rate of water will increase by 20 cents, from $2.10 to $2.30 per cubic meter. The gas variable rate will increase by 10 cents, from $2.00 to $2.10 per gigajoule (GJ).
 
The decision was made to make some more revenue for the town, but council didn't want that job to fall solely on the tax payers.
 
"Hospitals, the schools, none of those pay taxes at all and yet they're some of the biggest users of services. So, to make it a little easier on everybody, we've decided to increase utility rates to make it fairer," explained mayor Mel Smith.
 
Council is expecting an average bill to increase by $47 per year.
 
Last time council made an ammendment to the variable utility rate was in 2014.

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