ROTHENBURGER – New Hydro levy one more thing to raise our blood pressure

And why must cats walk in front of us, and why can’t stores put dates on receipts where can see them?

OUR FIRST HYDRO bills with the new tax have arrived. The Customer Crisis Fund, as it’s called, cost us 10 cents in June because it was pro-rated for the month, and 25 cents in July.

Now there’s 35 cents we’ll never see again. We were well warned, so forgive me for only now catching up with my indignation.

For such a small amount, this new charge has been causing quite a reaction. The issue isn’t the pennies — who can’t afford 25 cents a month to help someone out, after all — but the principle of the thing.

We all make our charitable donations as best we can, the thinking goes. Now we have one that’s mandatory.

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at


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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – New Hydro levy one more thing to raise our blood pressure

  1. John Noakes // August 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM // Reply

    Even in the days of ‘smart meters’, how much power is still being stolen by illegal agricultural ventures? Is this the reason more than the inability of some folks to pay their hydro bill?

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