This might be the last year for a while that water and sewer rates charged by the city of Timmins go up by a flat rate.

Council has approved a $50.00 increase for this year.  That’s based on a five-room house.  The increase will be pro-rated for different sized houses.

But in June, council might decide to adopt a 5.5% annual increase over ten years.  That’s part of a plan it’s looking at, to make water and sewer operations financially self-sustaining, and not subsidized by city hall.