2016 Water and Wastewater budget good news for users
Staff recommended increasing the combined rate by only 2.46% and applying the increase directly to the Infrastructure Levy.
“Due to financial efficiencies gained within the water and wastewater area and right sizing the user rate in 2015, the City is able to maintain the existing fixed and consumption rates,” explained acting Director of Public Works Bryan Robinson.
Director of Corporate Services Mary-Anne Dempster provided a highlight of the 2016 budget to Council on Tuesday, October 6.
“As a result of the 10% increase to the blended rate in 2015, reduced operating expenses and the proposed 2.46% increase for 2016 staff are moving closer to financial sustainability in the water and wastewater area,” Ms. Dempster explained.
As part of the 2016 budget staff are recommending an increase of $900,000 to Council’s self-imposed debt ceiling of $48 million. Ms. Dempster noted that by annually increasing the Infrastructure Levy staff estimate within five years the reliance on debt may be reduced significantly.
The 2.46% increase staff are recommending to Council equates to an annual charge to water users of $62 and wastewater users of $33, an increase of $21 for water and $11 for wastewater over 2015.
“The challenge of providing water and wastewater servicing to multiple geographically dispersed systems has proven to be financially onerous for the City,” said CAO Ron Taylor. “Staff has done a tremendous job in both reducing expenses while beginning to address the long term infrastructure needs of the City’s 26 systems.”
For more information please contact:
Acting Director of Public Works
705-324-9411 Ext. 1143