Higher-than-inflation rate hike is inevitable

Charging users extra for doing the right thing doesn't wash with reader

Re: City upping charges for water, sewer (News, Nov. 21)

The news for Victoria homeowners is once again bleak, as utility costs are to rise again, and much faster than the nationally prevalent rate of inflation.

As I noted in my letter on this topic in July, my city utility bills have increased by about 11 per cent annually since 2007, a trend which is likely to continue unabated.

This time costs are to rise because people have been conserving water usage too much.

This seems to mimic the thinking at B.C. Transit and B.C. Ferries as well – they have fewer riders, so let’s charge each passenger a lot more.

Management at these places seem to operate on the assumption that they have an inalienable right to a certain amount of cash flow, regardless of service offered or the number of users.

Such a business model is doomed to failure.

Roel Hurkens

Victoria

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