LETHBRIDGE: City Council tabled second and third reading of the bylaw to establish the
electric distribution tariff until the middle of February.
Last week, the Electric Manager recommended a 31 per cent increase in the
transmission components to pay for rising provincial costs, while the
distribution components, which are controlled by the city, would go down
Overall, the average residential customer would see about a 4 and a half per
cent increase to their total bill, while large industrial customers would see
closer to 6 and a half per cent.
Councillor Jeff Carlson feels the decision seemed a little rushed. He says
"we usually like to take a little bit of time so we can talk to our rate payers,
get their input on it. Sometimes there's not much we can do about the changes, a
lot of these are flow through, the province is changing the transmission
charges. We're going to have to find the money somewhere, probably from the rate
payers, but lets talk to folks."
Since the decision is being delayed, this will put the city a little behind
in collecting the fees for 2014. Carlson says "right now we're trying to get 12
months of increased fees in 11 months. Putting it off another month means we're
going to have to get 12 months of the increase in 10 months. Smaller residential
folks will probably not notice it very much, but for the bigger customers it
could be a bigger increase."