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TERASEN GAS UTILITY

IS NOT SUPPOSE TO CHARGE RURAL RESIDENTS

A FRANCHISE FEE,

BUT HAS BEEN FOR YEARS

This article below was published in the Vernon Morning Star March 17, 2006 issue on page A9

RURAL GAS CUSTOMERS

     I am a rural gas customer that noticed a franchise fee on my bill.  I called the British Columbia Utilities Commission to find out what this fee was.

     I was told this fee was charged by Terasen to be paid directly to an organized community for the use of properties within those boundaries by Terasen Gas and was not to be charged on rural property.  BCUC contacted Terasen for me and this was promptly rectified and I was given a credit for these charges back to 2003.

     I have since contacted several neighbours and friends that live in rural areas and have found several of them are also paying this fee.  I suggest that you check your gas bill.

If you do not live within the boundaries of an  organized community and are being charged this fee contact BCUC at 1-800-663-1385

Written by Shirley Hume to the Vernon Morning Star

To find out if you are in a rural area, look at your property tax notice.  This property tax notice says Rural Property Tax Notice. 

In rural areas, property taxes are collected by the province through the finance ministry. Within municipal boundaries, taxes are paid to the municipality.

Terasen's Terms and Conditions (.pdf) explains the franchise fee.

Did you know that you get charged just for being hooked up to Terasen's Gas, even if you don't use the gas for that period of time.

This is a picture of what the Terasen Gas bill looks like.  You can see the franchise fee that rural residents are not suppose to pay.

 

Click here to see what the Terasen Gas Notice of Disconnection Looks Like.

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