Council to discuss proposed water and wastewater rates

Non-tax-supported budget presentation takes place October 24

Guelph, ON, October 11, 2013 – Community members are invited to comment on proposed changes to the City’s Water and Wastewater Services, Building Code Administration and Court Services budgets. The City will present the Non-tax-supported portion of Guelph’s Financial Strategy on Thursday, October 24 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

“As part of Guelph’s Financial Strategy, the proposed Non-tax-supported Operating and Capital Budget continues to focus on taking care of what we own, and enhancing City services in a way that is affordable for residents and businesses in Guelph” said Al Horsman, executive director of Finance and Enterprise Services. “Investments in infrastructure renewal, system optimization and technology upgrades are strengthening how the City works, and improving service to the community.”

Water and Wastewater Services

By optimizing water and wastewater systems, and using waster wisely, Guelph has made the most of its existing infrastructure and deferred millions of dollars in capital investments. In 2014, the City plans to invest approximately $9.2 million to renew aging water and wastewater infrastructure, and another $18.6 million in growth-related upgrades and expansions to water and wastewater storage, treatment and distribution systems.

The City also plans to continue building reserve funds to ensure a safe and reliable water supply as the City continues to grow. Continued infrastructure upgrades will further reduce the risk of system failures, and expensive emergency repairs.

“Successful water conservation and infrastructure renewal programs allow us to bring in the lowest rate increase in more than 5 years,” said Janet Laird, Executive Director of Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment. “In 2014, we’re reviewing and refining our forecasting methods as part of the update to Guelph’s Water and Wastewater Long Range Financial Plan, and will establish affordable and predictable water and wastewater rate forecast for the years ahead.”

Proposed 2014 water/wastewater charges
Proposed Charges 2013 2014 Change
water volume – $/cubic metre (m3) $1.38 $1.43 $0.05
water basic – $/day $0.24 $0.25 $0.01
wastewater volume – $/cubic metre (m3) $1.52 $1.59 $0.07
wastewater basic – $/day $0.31 $0.31 $0.00

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.

Building Services

The proposed $2.9 million operating and $7,400 2014 capital budget includes continued investments to improve the City’s online building permit application system, and enhance service to residential and commercial customers.

Court Services

Court Services found efficiencies in its operations which allow the department to make better use of staff resources. The proposed $3.6 million operating and $63,000 2014 capital budget includes plans to implement convenient e-ticket processes.

View the proposed 2014-2023 Non-tax-supported Operating and Capital Budget

View all budget documents at guelph.ca/budget. Residents planning to address City Council regarding the proposed budget for Water and Wastewater Services, Court Services and Ontario Building Code Administration are invited to call 519-837-5603 or email clerks@guelph.ca by 9 a.m. on Friday, October 18.

For more information

Al Horsman
Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer
Finance and Enterprise Services
519-822-1260 extension 5606
al.horsman@guelph.ca

Water and Wastewater Services
Janet Laird
Executive Director
Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment
519-822-1260 extension 2237
janet.laird@guelph.ca

Ontario Building Code Administration
Bruce Poole
General Manager/Chief Building Official
Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2375
bruce.poole@guelph.ca

Provincial Offences Court
Brad Coutts
Manager Court Services
519-822-1260 extension 2909
brad.coutts@guelph.ca