Mount Stewart seeking 168% rate increase

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Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission chair Moe Rodgerson, left. FILE PHOTO

MOUNT STEWART - Mount Stewart residents are about to see a dramatic increase in their sewer bills if the village gets approval from the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission.

The Mount Stewart Sewerage Disposal has filed an application with IRAC seeking approval, effective Jan. 1, 2013, to increase annual sewer rates and charges from $119.00 to $318.92 per unit.

The application is also seeking an increase in annual frontage rates for $0.58 to $1.58 per lineal foot.

In addition, the utility intends to bill customers quarterly instead of annually.

Based on the proposed rates, the amount charged per period would be $79.75 per single-family dwelling.

This is the first increase sought in more than 20 years.

Residents opposing the rate increases can comment by writing to IRAC. Written comments must be received no later than Friday, Jan. 25, to be considered.

IRAC will decide on the necessity of a public meeting following its initial review of the filing and the written comments received concerning this application.

Organizations: Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission

Geographic location: Mount Stewart

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  • Mt. Stewart needs a good flush
    January 12, 2013 - 13:19

    The village of Mt. Stewart has collected sewer fees of about $120 / year from each household for 20 years. Where did that money go? Certainly not into upkeep of the old system -

  • SG
    January 11, 2013 - 23:41

    (The Mount Stewart Sewerage Disposal has filed an application with IRAC seeking approval, effective Jan. 1, 2013, to increase annual sewer rates and charges from $119.00 to $318.92 per unit.) An awfully large increase especially given it's coming all at once. This will be an increase of $199.00 !! YIKES!

  • Shawn S
    January 10, 2013 - 14:48

    168% increase in completely, unacceptable.

    • john m
      January 10, 2013 - 16:46

      Not if that's what the cost of the municipal sewage system is. Those things don't pay for themselves. The municipal users do. On a larger scale, for that matter, PEI has to start paying 100% of its costs for existing as a province too.

  • Sticker Shock
    January 10, 2013 - 06:19

    That's quite a hike, but it's been 20 years in the making I suppose. Perhaps the only thing that would have made more sense would have been for Mt. Stewart to have adjusted the rates at a more moderate pace.