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City taken to task for increased water delivery rates

By Tim Davidson Dec 15, 2023 | 8:54 AM

At least one person is upset with the city’s plan to triple water delivery charges.

Ray Csuzdi  says it almost makes having water unaffordable.

“I personally pay almost half of what my mortgage is…more than I pay for heating my home…more than I pay for taxes, and more than I pay for electrical, vehicle insurance, house insurance and on and on,” Csuzdi told Kenora city council during his deputation this week.

Csuzdi points out that even if he’s frugal with water usage, the new rates will triple the amount he pays next year.

“I still require three 1,500 gallon deliveries per month, which means I go from paying $180 to $540 a month for my water starting on January 4th.”

The city says it currently delivers water to about 75 homes that live here year round and would generate about $115,000 a year more in revenue if the increase is approved.

City council has agreed to look at the charges saying there has been four increases in water delivery charges since 2000, not one, as previously mentioned in a letter to homes that will be affected by the increase.