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Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce
president Mario Briggs vents business
owners’ frustration with soaring water
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water rates in the region, if not the entire
But that distinction does not impress
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the Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce,
whose president Mario Briggs vented
frustration at Monday’s council meeting.
rates could swamp struggling businesses.
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“Many business owners are frustrated.
Some of their rates have increased by 5,000
per cent,” said Briggs.
Some business owners may be forced to
lay off employees, Briggs cautioned.
Since January, the town has been basing
water and sewage invoices on meter
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readings. In the past, consumers were
charged flat rates.
Mayor René Berthiaume agreed that
the mayor could not guarantee that the
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town would alter commercial rates.
Councillor Michel Beaulne said that
calls since taxpayers began receiving their
actually decreased for about 65 per cent of
consumers, related chief administrator
Normand Beaulieu. Many businesses and
organizations have seen their bills shoot
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up, but for the average household, which
uses 15 cubic metres monthly, there has
been no change in their bills.
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In fact, Hawkesbury consumers are
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getting a bargain, he affirmed.
“The rate here is the lowest in Prescott-
Russell, if not in the province of Ontario,”
Commercial and industrial rates are
reasonable, he continued, adding that
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Reiterating that the municipality’s fees
were competitive, Councillor Alain Fraser
observed that the easiest way consumers
could reduce their bills was to use water
agreed, adding that his consumption has
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fixtures. Details about water meters and
rates are available on the town’s web site:
Invoices received in April included
water, sewage and garbage taxes. Clearer
bills will be issued in the future, said
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