Service hook-ups will cost $2,000 more
North Glengarry is increasing the rates it charges for new residential and commercial connections to its water and sewer systems.
Council has approved a Public Works Department proposal to raise service connection fees, citing the need for infrastructure improvements. With the residential fee increasing from $1,500 to $2,500 for each service, the total bill will rise from $3,000 to $5,000 to connect to both systems.
Municipal staff compared North Glengarry’s rates with those of neighbouring municipalities and determined the NG charges would not have a negative impact on the township’s competitive position.
Public Works director Ryan Morton said the increase pertains to certain services. Large connections were not affected because there are few commercial and industrial additions each year. As well, the township wants “larger job-creating business” to come to town.
“Therefore, in keeping with that concept, we did not increase some of the larger consumer charges,” Mr. Morton said. His report also shows that North Glengarry fees are still “half of what they charge in South Glengarry.”