Wa­ter rates to rise

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

South Glen­garry’s mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter cus­tomers will be fac­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­creases in their bills this year if coun­cil passes pro­posed rate in­creases.

The sug­gested hikes fol­low a spe­cial meet­ing of coun­cil April 18 dur­ing which the town­ship’s 2018 wa­ter and waste­water bud­get was dis­cussed.

If the in­creases are ul­ti­mately passed by coun­cil, the av­er­age Lan­caster con­sumer will see their to­tal bill jump just over 37 per cent – from $804 to $1,104 – this year.

Glen Wal­ter res­i­den­tial bills will go up 31 per cent – from the cur­rent $804 to $1,054; while those in Green Val­ley (where only mu­nic­i­pal sewer ser­vices are pro­vided) will rise by $100 – from $434.63 to $534.63 – a 23 per cent rise.

Res­i­dents of the Kennedy Red­wood Es­tates sub­di­vi­sion, who cur­rently pay $1,015.62 per year (wa­ter ser­vice only), will have to fork out an ex­tra $100 over the course of 2018 – a 9.5 per cent in­crease over their to­tal 2017 bills.

Mayor Ian McLeod sug­gested that the pro­posed rate hike in Lan­caster was rel­a­tive.

“It seems like a big in­crease, but in real­ity, what does $300 get you on any­thing else you do to­day? Look at the price of gas.”

CAO Bryan Brown con­curred with the mayor, adding that the in­crease is equiv­a­lent to “two tanks of gas” for any­one who drives a truck.

Town­ship gen­eral man­ager of cor­po­rate ser­vices and trea­surer Lach­lan McDon­ald pro­vided ad­di­tional per­spec­tive, stat­ing that the pro­posed in­crease in Glen Wal­ter – equat­ing to 71 cents a day – was “not a lot.”

Mr. McDon­ald later em­pha­sized that “no de­ci­sion has been made at this point,” re­gard­ing the pro­posed in­creases for users con­nected to all four mu­nic­i­pal sys­tems.

“The num­bers still re­quire some crunch­ing be­fore re­turn­ing to coun­cil for a fi­nal de­ci­sion,” he added. “(Coun­cil) will ul­ti­mately weigh what is fair to the wa­ter users vs. the sys­tem re­quire­ments.” The in­creases would be the sec­ond in three years.

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