2018 Utilities - Pay Early and Save!

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Section 6 (a) and (b) of the Utility and Solid Waste Management Bylaw 1014, 2009 enables the District of Sparwood to apply a discount for property owners on water, sewer and garbage rates when making a payment in January or before the end of each quarter. On December 4, 2017, Council resolved to move the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) requisition for the Transfer Station operations out of garbage utility rates and into general taxation. That change is reflected in the Utility and Solid Waste Management Bylaw No. 1014, 2009, Amendment Bylaw No. 1216, 2017 which was adopted on December 18, 2017. To be eligible for the discount, all 2017 utility fees must be paid in full by December 31, 2017.

The following tables reflect the annual rates and savings (less the RDEK Transfer Station operations requisition) for residential services if paid by January 31, 2018 and the quarterly rates and savings if paid before the 15th of the month that the quarterly invoice is due:

Option #1: 10% Discount if 2018 utilities are paid by January 31, 2018

2018 Water Rate

2018 Sewer Rate

2018 Garbage Rate

Total 2018 Rate

Amount if paid before Jan. 31/18

Savings

Single Family Residential*

$234.24

$303.60

$204.00

$741.84

$667.66

$74.18

Apartment / Strata Condo**

$218.28

$282.24

TBD**

$500.52

$450.47

$50.05

Option #2: 5% Discount if quarterly utilities are paid before the 15th on the month in which the invoice is due

2018 Water Rate

2018 Sewer Rate

2018 Garbage Rate

Quarterly Rate

Amount if paid before 15th

Savings

Single Family Residential*

$58.56

$75.90

$51.00

$185.46

$176.19

$9.27

Apartment / Strata Condo**

$54.57

$70.56

TBD**

$125.13

$118.87

$6.26

Note *  Single family residential include single family homes, duplexes, mobile home park pads, and townhouses which receive curbside pick-up.

Note ** Apartment building, strata developments, and townhouses that do not receive curbside pick-up (have a 3-cubic yard bin) will be charged a proportionate amount of the bin tip rate. This rate will depend upon the number of units within the building/strata development, the number of garbage bins to be collected and the frequency of collection (e.g. someone living in a strata development that has 10 units and 1 enclosed bin which is picked up once a week would pay $104.00 [$20 bin tipping fee x 1 weekly pickup x 52 weeks ¸ 10 = $104 per unit] for 2018 or $26 quarterly and would be eligible for discounts of $10.40 and $1.30 respectively. Any building/strata development whose bin is not enclosed as per the bylaw, is required to have a bear resistant bin which has a $25 tip fee.

Note ***  Any payments made in January towards the 2018 utility fees will receive a 10% discount on that portion the payment (e.g. if you paid $100 in January towards your utility bill, your bill would be credited $110)

Commercial and Multi-Family Garbage Bin Pick-Up

On December 11, 2017, Council resolved that all commercial and multi-family users will be required to contract their garbage collection directly with the service provider of their choice. As of April 1, 2018, the District of Sparwood will only be collecting residential curbside garbage.  This will provide strata corporations time to amend their bylaws so that this charge can be included in their strata fees.

The 5% and 10% utility rate discounts identified above for residential users also apply for commercial users if paid before January 31, 2018 or the 15th of the month in which the quarterly invoice is due.

Please contact the Finance Department at 250.425.6271 if you have any questions on these rates and/or discounts.