A number of residents have been commenting on their power bills. Upon doing a little checking it appears that the power rates in Swift Current are 10 per cent higher than those of SaskPower. Our rate for residential power is 13.124 cents/Kwh while the SaskPower rate is 11.931 cents/Kwh. This difference would account for almost $2 million in additional revenue for the City.
Over the years we have been lead to believe that our rates are the same as those for SaskPower, but in fact we are paying a 10 per cent surcharge that I would suspect very few people were aware of. This could be one of the reasons so many more people have located to the R.M. over the past few years as opposed to living with our boundaries.
Our City has a new Strategic Plan which calls for 25000 people in our city by 2025. Having power rates 10 per cent higher than those of our friends in the R.M. certainly does not bode well for any dream of achieving those numbers. Maybe it is time to take a look at these rates as it seems to be just an additional tax and if new industry and additional jobs are to be created in Swift Current, electrical rates must be competitive with those outside our boundaries.
Don Robinson - Swift Current