Slight bump to water and sewer rates expected in 2019 Perth budget
Perth residents are going to be facing a small increase in water and sewer rates in the new year.
“We’re going to be factoring in an increase in water and sewer rates of 2.5 percent,” said John Fenik, Mayor.
The proposed rate increase is for both the flat rate and consumption fees, according to the staff report.
“We haven’t had a water and sewer rate increase in eight years and our reserves are fairly low,” explained Fenik.
Since 2010 town staff had been finding efficiencies and funding that mitigated the need for a rate increase. Those measure have included staff attrition, a reduction in operator presence at the Water Treatment Plant and provincial grants, according to Grant Machan, director of environmental services.
“The capital improvements to the water and sanitary sewer system, including large investments in the wastewater lagoon and water treatment plant, have impacted operations and reserve status,” wrote Machan, in a report to council.
As town treasurer Brian Burns pointed out to council, the town is also entering into a loan of approximately $4.5 million for work on the lagoon and current reserves are sitting between four and five million dollars.
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