As per the water bylaw, the sewer rate will also be set at the same amount. The increase will be effective April 1, and any property to request water meter installation with enough time before then will not be charged the new fees.
Councillor Trevor Bolin argued for the even higher rate than was initially proposed, as previous increases still haven't convinced those remaining to get a meter.
"I remember when we first talked about giving them this high rate to make them want to get a meter, and obviously that didn't work," he said. "I think it should be even higher than that. I think it should be borderline ridiculous, because they're not paying attention."
He also argued that the previous rate may have been so low that it might have even made sense for some customers to get rid of their meter to save money.
The new amendment was introduced Monday, and is expected to be adopted on February 12, 2013. The affected property owners will be notified.
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