Council to start budget discussions with water and waste water rate changes

2016 non-tax-supported budget open to public comment October 21

Guelph, ON, October 9, 2015 – Today, the City released the 2016 proposed non-tax-supported operating and capital budget to City Council and the community. Community members have the opportunity to address Council about the budget and proposed rate increase during the October 21 meeting in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Today’s release is the first of four budget documents to be considered by Council. Later this month, the proposed tax-supported budgets (operating, capital, and local boards and shared services) will be finalized and released for Council consideration.

“The City is investing in the services that matter to the community, one of which is clean, safe drinking water. The proposed budget ensures that this work can continue,” says Janice Sheehy, city treasurer. “This year’s budget reflects our commitment to a strong, stable financial foundation for Guelph while we work together to build a better community.”

This year, the City increased opportunities for the community to provide feedback on the budget.  Through the pilot of an online budget simulator, the community was asked to provide input on which services should receive more or less funding (operating and capital services) and if additional funding should be allocated for aging infrastructure. Input provided by September 21 has been included in the proposed budget for Council’s consideration. Community members who did not have a chance to provide feedback through the tool still have opportunities to address Council throughout October and November.

Proposed 2016 water/wastewater charges

Proposed charges 2015 2016 change
Water Volume – $/cubic metre (M3) $1.52 $1.59 $0.07
Water Basic – $/Day $0.26 $0.26 $0.00
Wastewater Volume – $/Cubic metre (M3) $1.66 $1.73 $0.07
Wastewater Basic – $/day $0.32 $0.32 $0.00

When rate changes are applied on January 1, 2016, the average annual residential bill would change from $779 to $810 (an increase of $31 or 4 per cent). The City’s estimates are based on the average annual volume of water consumed by a Guelph household of three people. Guelph has a great track record when it comes to providing safe, clean drinking water. The community also contributes to these efforts by using water wisely.

2016 proposed budget

Water Services

The proposed $28.6 million operating budget and $204.6 million capital budget allows Guelph to continue delivering a safe and sustainable water supply while renewing aging infrastructure.

Wastewater Services

The proposed $29.8 million operating budget and $171.9 million capital budget supports continued optimization of Guelph’s wastewater systems.

Building Services

The proposed $3.01 million operating and $131,800 2016 capital budget includes continued investments to maintain the health and safety of the community.

Court Services

The proposed $3.72 million operating and $398,200 2016 capital budget includes technology upgrades in order to enhance customer service.

Learn more and have your say

View the 2016 proposed Non-tax-supported Operating and Capital Budget 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 must register by 9 a.m. on Friday, October 16. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at 519-837-5603 or email clerks@guelph.ca.

For more information

Janice Sheehy, City Treasurer
General Manager, Finance
519-822-1260 extension 2289
janice.sheehy@guelph.ca