Fort St. John residents confront Council on water rates

A Fort St. John woman presented more than two thousand signatures to City Council on Monday, which represented taxpayers who were concerned with the current water consumption base rate.

Elsie Lace says taxpayers want to see the base water consumption, which stands at just over seven thousand gallons, increased to 11 thousand gallons for a three month billing cycle. She says taxpayers want the fee to remain at 45 dollars.

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Councilor Lori Ackerman says when the City created the philosophies for the prices, it was primarily looking at conservation.

City Manager Diane Hunter says the City will be reviewing the signatures, and checking to see if the majority are, in fact, paying for their own water.

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A report will be prepared for Council, and will be reviewed at the next Council meeting.

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