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The suggested two-per-cent fee increase would boost the daycare’s annual revenue by about $261,000. Boucher observed that it could also result in a potential $78,000 operating surplus if there are no surprise expenses. Boucher also noted that some kind of fee increasemay be necessary to avoid a repeat of last year’s budget planning situation for the municipal daycare. He noted that there is almost no room for trimming of expenses. Staff salaries and benefits make up about 88 per cent of the daycare operating costs with materials and administrative costs accoun- ting for seven per cent and five per cent each. “We cannot reduce the operations bud- get without reducing services offered to the children,” he said, adding that themunicipal daycare must follow provincial operation guidelines. Council approved receipt of the report information and will wait for administration to follow up in August with further recom- mendations.
Clarence-Rockland parents using the municipal daycare may see a small inc- rease in their service fees come Septem- ber. How small an increase and whether or not it happens are part of a discussion now going on between council and city administration. “We’ll bring back three possible op- tions,” chief administrator Helen Collier told council during its June 20 committee of the whole session following a presen- tation from Community Services Director Pierre Boucher on the municipal daycare’s financial operations. Last year, council had to approve a one- time-only reserve fund allocation of $126,000 to the municipal daycare operation as part of the 2016 budget plan. That was to avoid a potential operating deficit situation for the daycare due to provincial government support funding cutbacks. During his presentation, Boucher noted that 79.5 per cent of themunicipal daycare’s With the solstice weekend, the real summer weather seems to have arrived at last in Eastern Ontario as both the temperature and humidex readings climbed higher. City of Clarence-Rockland officials are asking residents to be careful of their water use to avoid any shortages for the municipal water system. During periods of intense summer heat conditions, local water conservation gui- delines state that watering lawns should be limited to the hours between 7 and 10 p.m. Watering the lawn during the daytime may prove wasteful as most of the water ends up evaporating first before it has a chance to soak into the ground.
operating costs are covered through client fees. The remainder is covered through contributions from themunicipality and the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) and the province. The report to council recommends a
two-per-cent across-the-board increase in client fees.This would amount to between a one-dollar to two-dollar increase depending on which client service plan was involved, whether preschool, toddler, or school-age support care.
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Water conservation request during hot spell Lawn-watering guidelines also state that homeowners at residences with odd- number addresses should limit their wate- ring to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Homeowners at even-numbered addresses should limit their watering toMonday, We- dnesday and Friday.
mandatory to avoid excessive drawdown on themunicipal reservoir. At those times water conservation is necessary to make sure the fire department can rely on the municipal water system during emergency calls.
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