Alectra has sent out an obligatory letter to some residents in Guelph to warn them that their electricity rates are going up by 11 cents on average, and residents are not pleased.

“And so it begins, thanks Cam,” Cairán Paddy Cunney posted in a local Facebook group, in reference to Mayor Cam Guthrie.

Guthrie and several councillors voted in late 2017 to approve a merger between Guelph Hydro and Alectra, an energy company. The merger was approved in late 2018 and completed in January 2019.

The mayor and Couns. Dan Gibson, Andy Van Hellemond, June Hofland, Mike Salisbury, Christine Billings, Leanne Piper, Cathy Downer, Mark MacKinnon and Karl Wettstein voted in favour.

Couns. Bob Bell, James Gordon and Phil Allt voted against it.

Those in the public that want to oppose the application to raise rates will have an opportunity to do so during a public hearing with a date still to be set.

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