You will pay more for electricity in Saskatoon, starting January 1. Saskatoon city council raised the rates by 4.9 per cent Monday, during a special meeting of city council.

It means the average home will pay four dollars and fifty cents more per month for power.

The meeting was largely a formality – Saskatoon has always kept its power rates in line with SaskPower, which had already announced rates would go up 4.9 per cent in the new year.

Saskatoon is one of only two cities in the province that has its own electrical utility. The other is Swift Current.

Older areas in Saskatoon are served by Saskatoon Light and Power. Newer areas are served by SaskPower.