Independent Rate Review

Year: 2019

Number: 14-19A

Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations

WHEREAS rural residents increasingly rely on pipelines whose treated water is purchased directly or indirectly from city-owned utilities; 

WHEREAS many rural residents also use landfills and rely on fire coverage services which are owned and controlled by cities and other municipalities;

WHEREAS cities and SaskWater can raise charges for these services to rural customers and municipalities without having to prove the need for increased rates to any independent rate review body;

WHEREAS rural municipalities have to apply to the Saskatchewan Municipal Board for approval of utility rate increases while city-owned utilities do not;

WHEREAS rural utility customers and residents cannot vote or run in urban elections and therefore have no say on rate decisions that affect them;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the province for a rate review mechanism to oversee water utility rates, landfill charges, and fire service coverage rates imposed directly or indirectly by cities, other municipalities and SaskWater on rural customers;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM ask the provincial government to prohibit further increases until a rate review mechanism is put in place.

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