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After shaving pennies off waste and drainage increases, council approved an eight per cent increase in water utility rates this week.

After shaving pennies off waste and drainage increases, council approved an eight per cent increase in water utility rates this week.

The cause was a decision to transfer the Goldbar waste water treatment plant to EPCOR a couple of years ago; dividends were not paid in full, creating a $4 million deficit, according to the city.

Coun. Jane Batty said that during discussions with EPCOR on Tuesday, it was decided they would increase payment from $135.8 million this year to $138 million in 2011.

Meanwhile, a $500,000 cut to sewer services was resolved so services would not be affected.

“The money will come from the design and construction (department) of drainage,” said Coun. Ben Henderson.

 
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