Utility rates reviewed

If you've got an opinion about utility rates in Penticton, now is your chance to have your say.

The city is launching an online survey to collect feedback from the public on water, electrical, sanitary sewer and agricultural water utilities to be compared with other similarly-sized communities.

“The City regularly reviews its utility rates to ensure they provide the funding needed to keep the utilities going,” said JoAnne Kleb, community engagement strategist. “This year, staff are taking the added step of involving the community to ensure customer interests are more fully represented in the review.”

The goal is to find out what the utility rates need to be in order to fund the operation of the utilities, sustain infrastructure and construct new projects, while mitigating the impact on customers.

The city hopes to have the review completed in time to include the findings in the 2019 budget.

They have also created a task force of citizens, made up of agricultural, residential and commercial property owners, which will represent the interests of those types of customers. 

Feedback will be collected online here until April 3. Participants will be entered to win up to $200 toward their May 2018 utility bill. Hard copies of the survey are also available at City Hall. 

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