Prepare to pay 13 cents more for your water services. That's the total change in increases approved by city for the Water and Wastewater Services, Building Code Administration and Court Services budgets. Of course, that doesn't come out to a 13 cent increase on your bill. The average bill will see an increase from $781 to $808, which is $27 or 3.5 per cent more, but the city notes that this is the smallest increase in these costs in five years (which is sure to be small comfort to those getting the bill).
Here's the city's press release:
Guelph’s Non-tax-supported budget receives Council approval
Guelph, ON, November 5, 2013 – Earlier this evening, Council approved the City’s Water and Wastewater Services, Building Code Administration and Court Services budgets.
“This is the lowest water and wastewater rate increase in five years,” said Janet Laird, executive director of Planning, Building Engineering and Environment. “The City’s infrastructure renewal programs, along with residents’ participation in our water conservation programs, have contributed to this low increase. We all have a role to play in keeping our water and wastewater services efficient and affordable, and we’re glad to have the support of City Council and the community.”
Average residential annual bill (200 m3* consumption, January 1 rate change) changes from $781 to $808 (a $27 or 3.5% increase). *City estimate of average annual volume of water consumed by a Guelph household of 3 people. View more information about water and wastewater rates.
The $26.4 million operating budget and $194 million 10-year capital budget and forecast for Water Services allows Guelph to continue delivering a safe and sustainable water supply while renewing its aging infrastructure.
The $28.3 million operating and $169 million 10-year capital budget and forecast supports continued optimization of Guelph’s wastewater systems.
The approved $2.9 million operating and $49,000 10-year capital budget and forecast includes continued investments to improve the City’s online building permit application system, and enhance service to residential and commercial customers.
The approved $3.6 million operating and $603,000 10-year capital budget and forecast includes plans to implement convenient e-ticket processes.
The Non-tax-supported budget is the first of four to be approved by City Council. View the 2014 budget schedule and related budget documents and reports at guelph.ca/budget.