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on the meter. The main difference between the two is thatOptionAhasthepotentialforan$80,000 surplus at the end of the year that could go into the municipal reserve for water and sewer.OptionBwouldnotprovideanysurplus and could create a $16,000 deficit that the municipality would have to cover from the reserve. Landry noted that the breakdown on the total rates collection works out that outofeverydollarthetownshipreceives,73 cents would come from residents and businessownersand27centsfromdevelopers through both the flat andmetered fees. “I’mgoingtovoteagainstthis,”saidCoun. Jamie Laurin, regarding the report and its two variable rate options. Coun.Laurinsaiditwasnotfairtoexpect localuserstohavetoacceptsuchachangein the metered rate so soon. Mayor Jean-Paul St. Pierre observed that council has little choicebecausethemunicipalitycannotraise thepropertytaxratestocoverthiscostevery year. “We may have to make a hard decision tonight,” the mayor said. “But we are responsible for paying our bills, and it (money) has to come from the users of the system.” Landrynotedthatthechangeinmetered ratesmayencouragemorehomeownersand businesses to be more careful about their wateruse.Improvewaterconservationwould putlessdemandonboththewaterandsewer servicesandsoreducetheinvoicecosttothe township fromOttawa. CouncilapprovedOptionBforthechange in the variable rates, to take effect starting from the March 15, 2012 billing period. The approvalresultedfroma3-2registeredvote with Coun. Laurin and Coun. Éric Bazinet voting against. Coun. Bazinet said he preferredOptionA.
EMBRUN | There were a few questions and at least one solid objection to the ideabutthenewmeteredratesforwater and sewer service in Russell Township will go into effect this spring. Councilapprovedthenewratesystemas part of its adoption of the 2012 water and sanitary sewer budget report during its March19publicsession.ClaudetteLandry, the municipality’s acting treasurer, told councilthatthechangetothemeteredrates setup is necessary given the township’s connection now to the City of Ottawa’s water distribution system. Under the agreement between the two, Ottawa can increase its water service charge to Russell Townshipfollowing62-daysnoticeofintent todosoandhasindicateditintendstodoso. “This is directly linked to our payment (plan) to the City of Ottawa,” Landry told council,duringherpresentationofthenew variableratesoptionsformeteredwaterand sewer services. “These (charge increase) decisionsarenotunderourcontrol.Ottawa will raise its invoice rates next year and in following years whether we like it or not.” Thechangeinlocalwaterandsewerrates applies just to the metered use of water at homesandbusinesses.Theannualflatrates fordifferenttypesofusersthatarepartofthe user-fee collection towards the water and sewerprogramdebt,maintenancecosts,and anysurplusforthereservefundremainthe same. Council reviewed two options for the newvariablerates.OptionAforanaveraged 20 per cent adjustment works out a daily increaseof47centsonthemeterforatypical user. Option B for an average 12 per cent adjustmentwouldbe34centsmoreperday
photoarchives Councilapprovedthenewratesystemaspartofitsadoptionofthe2012waterand sanitary sewer budget report during itsMarch 19 public session.
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