LETTER: Is your Nelson Hydro bill a tax?

Nelson Hydro rate increases rile writer

Since it’s easier to raise electric rates than taxes, I think my Nelson hydro bill is masquerading as a hidden tax.

Every year the city keeps saying we have the cheapest electricity of all municipal electric utilities. They don’t tell you that none of them have their own hydro dam.

This year Fortis and BC Hydro increases are zero per cent. Why is Nelson Hydro still going up?

The British Columbia Utilities Commission has jurisdiction over the half of hydro customers not in the city and they have been asking questions.

BCUC says, “its evident there is a need for improved stakeholder consultation before, during and after filing” and Nelson must file 30 days in advance of Jan 1, 2018. Is anyone aware of any invitation for public participation?

How does Nelson Hydro justify the $3.7M in dividends transferred to the city? Why is the $658,256 water licence fee paid to the city and not returned to the ratepayers?

Norm Yanke,

Nelson

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