Utility costs will probably be going up by four per cent in 2018.
 
Based on 14 cubic metres, the average family in the Fort will see their water bill creep up $1.84 per month to $40.44, compared to 2017's rate of $38.60.
 
"Most of the rate increase comes from under the jurisdiction of the Regional Water and Waste Water Commission," explained director of infrastructure services, Richard Gagnon. "We don't really have too much to say about the rates they're going to charge us, they're the ones that set the rate with us."
 
Sewer services will jump to $32.53 from $31.34 in 2017 and solid waste climbing to $27.02, compared to $26.35 in 2017.
 
Overall, the average monthly bill will come in at $99.99. The same bill in 2017 would have been $96.29
 
The department is net zero, meaning they're not funded by taxes, but by the utility bills. Even then, it's enough to cover expenses and improvements.
 
In 2018, the department will be reviewing some of their bylaws, implementing the monthly billing process and continue the modernization of water meters. They'll also be implementing their organics and recycling program city-wide.
 
Nothing is for sure with the 2018 budget until council gives the final vote on December 12.

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