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Posted on: February 22, 2022

UTILITY FEES COMPLEMENT COST OF PROVIDING SERVICE

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(Cochrane, AB) – Effective March 1, 2022, Town of Cochrane utility fees will be increasing to reflect the current cost of providing the service. 

 While the impact will vary from household-to-household dependent on the specific usage, the average home will see a $6.80 monthly increase.

“This increase was included in the 2022 operating budget, which was adopted by Council in December 2021,” said Katherine Van Keimpema, Executive Director of Corporate Services. “We delayed implementing the increase to provide residents the opportunity to understand and prepare for the cost increase in advance of it showing up on their utility bill. Starting next month, residents can expect to see this moderate increase.”

Town utility bills support the costs associated with water and wastewater services, waste and recycling collection, and the operation of the Cochrane Eco Centre facility. 

Many factors influence town utility rates, and these rate adjustments are necessary to guarantee the sustainability of municipal services. The increased rates reflect increased costs to contracts, materials, supplies and labour with a portion reserved for future infrastructure maintenance. 

Residents interested in reducing their municipal utility costs are encouraged to explore water conservation opportunities. For information and tips on reducing water consumption at home, visit Cochrane.ca/waterconservation. 

 View the updated utility rates at: Cochrane.ca/utility-rates. 

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