Recently, I emailed the city of Ottawa about my utility bill as to all the surcharges and added fees.

I said as a 84-year-old resident in Ottawa, I think it’s a shame how much they add to your utility bill each month. Sometimes it could be as much as $18 depending how much you use utility wise.

The answer I got back was that they charge everybody the same. As an elderly person living on fixed income, this could be a tank of gas or extra money for groceries. Also as a renter, I don’t think we should pay a water run off fee that they put on your utility bill.

Stanley Lloyd, Ottawa