Friday, December 15, 2017

Yekaterinburg housing fees to rise on July 1

On July 1, housing fees connected to utilities will adjust for inflation in the city of Yekaterinburg, including the rates for gas and other public services.

Housing fees were originally planned to increase in January, but instead were delayed into a two stage process starting on July 1. The second increase of housing fees will occur in September, Oblgazeta.ru reports.

Officials anticipate gas prices will grow by 15 percent and that electricity fees will grow by six percent. Hot and cold water supply, sewerage and heating will grow by no more than six percent on July 1 and will grow an additional 5.6 percent on September 1. The total payment for housing fees should not grow by over 15 percent.

Vladimir Grishanov, the chairman of the Regional Energy Commission of the Sverdlovsk region, said that more resources are being allocated each year to ensure that all meters to detect usage of utilities are accurate and effective. Grishanov also spoke of improvements in public transportation to decrease travel costs.

"We understand that inflation is not standing still, more expensive fuel, drivers' wages are indexed," Grishanov said, according to Oblgazeta.ru. "Therefore, there is reason to raise."

Grishanov said that work has already commenced on determining the utility rates in 2013.