Water rates to rise
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.