Utility Fees

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PLEASE NOTE:

The City has extended our deadline to qualify for the utility rate discount from March 31st  to April 30th, 2020. City utility rate payers usually must pay utility fees by the end of March in order to qualify for a 10% discount to their bill, however this change has been made to accommodate the extraordinary circumstances.  Please note that this extension will apply to this year (2020), only, and there is no extension to the deadline for property taxes.

Note that the April 30th deadline is only for the 10% utility discount to apply. Utility bills paid at the full rate (without the 10% discount) are due by December 31st, 2020.

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City Utilities provide reliable and efficient water, sewer and solid waste services. The City of Prince Rupert strives to deliver high quality utility services professionally and competitively for the benefit of our community. To provide those services, and invest in future upgrades, the City of Prince Rupert levies annual utility fees from residential, commercial, and industrial property owners.

Utility bills are due by December 31st, and will begin accruing interest effective January 1st and transferred to property taxes if unpaid. Utility bills receive a 10% discount if paid by the end of March each year (extended to April 30th for the 2020 billing year). Please see your bill for the exact date and time the offer is valid.

 

Payment Methods (Updated during COVID-19 Pandemic):

Given the current closure of City Hall, alternative payment methods to in-person options are available. These include the following:

  • Online payment: Paying online is similar to how you make payments to other vendors using your online banking system.  First log in to online banking, then navigate to the add a ‘payee’ section, search for “Prince Rupert” and select the appropriate payee (City of Prince Rupert Utilities). You will need the account number from your bill. Contact your financial institution if you require further instructions on adding a payee and/or making an online bill payment. Payments made through your Financial Institution 3 business days beforehand will almost certainly be received on time. To receive the 10% discount, payments made on or after April 28th may not be received on time. Please pay before this date.
  • Pay by cheque or money order: Place your cheque or money order in the mailslot beside the Customer Service door at City Hall (up the ramp on the east-hand side of City Hall at 424 3rd Avenue West - look for signage identifying the mail slot). This form of payment must be delivered to City Hall on or before the due date. Money orders can be purchased from your bank by appointment. Please note that the City is not currently accepting cash payments. 
  • Coordinating Payment by Calling your Bank: You may also call in to your financial institution to request they pay the bill for you over the phone from your account. Like online banking, to receive the 10% discount, this should be done before April 28th to ensure that it is received by the April 30th deadline. 

Asset Management

As of 2017, the City of Prince directs a portion of utility fees collected towards the eventual renewal of City utility assets. This fee will be transferred to a respective Asset Management Reserve created by our Asset Management Reserve Bylaws.  This step lessens the burden of asset and infrastructure renewal on future generations, and represents the City’s commitment to sound financial planning.

Not only that, but asset management is now often considered a pre-requisite when applying for grants with other levels of Government. Senior government grant applications are requiring an Asset Management strategy which includes inventory and condition assessments of infrastructure, and long-term financial planning and lifecycle analysis for operation, maintenance and asset renewal.

The City is in receipt of a grant that will assist in setting Asset Management policy, support long-term financial planning and create a detailed inventory of its assets for the purposes of keeping track of their maintenance and replacement. This system can be utilized to help Council continue managing the existing infrastructure and aid in determining the prioritization of infrastructure renewal that the associated reserves are created to fund.