By ROY WOOD
Osoyoos residential utility bills will jump nearly $30 following user-fee hikes given three readings by town council on Monday.
Water use fees for the town and for rural residents who get their drinking water from the town system will jump by $20.
The new rates will be $334 for the town and $384 in the rural area. The increases will raise about $107,000 in extra revenue.
Sewer user fees will increase $6.86, resulting in single-family residence rates of $237.87 in town and $330.87 in the rural area. The jump will provide $37,800 in revenue increase.
Garbage collection fees will jump $2.49 to $126.93 for a single-family residence.
All three increases were given first, second and third readings and need only final adoption, which will likely happen at the February 8 council meeting.
Council also made several decisions Monday on the spending side of the budget:
- The 68th Avenue road reconstruction project, which was scheduled to be in the 2020 capital budget, was moved up for budget consultation this year and construction in 2017.
- The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society’s Lake Appreciation Day will receive $3,126 from the town out of the Resort Municipalities Initiative (RMI) funding. The society was urged to make a grant-in-aid request to pay for a new outboard motor for its boat.
- Cactus Jalopies will get $5,000 in RMI funding for its annual Motorcycle Extreme Jumping and Stunt Riding Show.
- $10,000 in capital funding was approved for two computer-related projects being performed by Town staff.