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Stormwater service fee credit program open house November 17

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to introduce a study that will explore options around a stormwater service fee credit program. Stormwater Service fee credit program open house Thursday, November 17, 2016 6–8 p.m. City Hall, Meeting Room C Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to learn more about the stormwater service fee and to discuss opportunities different credit options. You’re encouraged to provide comments and feedback to City staff and consultants at the open house. About the study Beginning January 1, 2017, the City is shifting from property-tax funding of stormwater services to a dedicated stormwater service fee. Council’s approval of staff’s recommendation to shift to a service fee to fund stormwater services was made following more than… Continue reading Stormwater service fee credit program open house November 17

Council approves user fees to fund stormwater management

Guelph, Ont., March 23, 2016—Guelph City Council approved a staff recommendation for a dedicated stormwater user fee by a vote of 11 to 2 at Monday night’s Council meeting. The introduction of a user fee is a shift from funding Guelph’s stormwater management system through property taxes. The fee model proposed was selected to provide a balance between fairness, equity and ease of administration. The recommendation from staff was made following more than two years of study and community consultation. “Like many other municipalities, Guelph is faced with the problem of aging infrastructure and our stormwater management system needs upgrades, especially as we face more severe storm events,”  said Arun Hindupur, Infrastructure Planning Engineer for the City. “Many cities, including Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Waterloo and… Continue reading Council approves user fees to fund stormwater management

City to present stormwater user fee recommendation at December 2 open house

Guelph, Ont., November 30, 2015—The City has arrived at a recommendation to address Guelph’s underfunded stormwater system. Following more than two years of study and community consultation City staff plans to recommend a stormwater user fee. “Faced with the challenges of aging infrastructure, increases in hard surfaces from urban growth, and more severe storm events, many cities, including Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Waterloo and Kitchener, have moved to a fee model to address funding challenges,” said Arun Hindupur, Infrastructure Planning Engineer for the City. “The fee model we’re proposing is a balance between fairness, equity and ease of administration.” The proposed fee model, called the Equivalent Residential Unit model, was selected because it provides the best balance between fairness to property owners and administrative costs for the… Continue reading City to present stormwater user fee recommendation at December 2 open house

Guelph considering non-tax options to fund stormwater systems

City asks property owners to help find new ways to fund local infrastructure Guelph, ON, April 11, 2014 – The City is asking residents and property owners to help determine funding options to support Guelph’s stormwater management infrastructure as part of the Stormwater Funding Study. Like other Canadian municipalities, Guelph is working to address a substantial gap in infrastructure funding. Guelph needs to find innovative and sustainable ways to cover the cost of building, maintaining and repairing of its roads, water, wastewater, stormwater and other municipal infrastructure. The City is using research and best practices from other municipalities, and gathering input from residents, business, institutions, and environmental organizations to evaluate a list of alternative stormwater management funding tools such as stormwater user fees, property taxes,… Continue reading Guelph considering non-tax options to fund stormwater systems

City seeks public input as part of Stormwater Funding Study

Guelph, ON, January 16, 2014 – The City is seeking public feedback as part of the Stormwater Funding Study. The study will explore alternative ways to pay for the City’s stormwater management program. As part of the study, the City will involve residents, business and institution owners, environmental organizations and other stakeholders in an inclusive and meaningful community engagement process. Two public open houses will be held during the study to provide an opportunity for dialogue between the project team and the community. The first open house is scheduled for Thursday, January 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at City Hall. “At the open house, community members will be able to take part in a presentation with a facilitated question and answer period, as well as have… Continue reading City seeks public input as part of Stormwater Funding Study

City undertaking Stormwater Funding Study

Guelph, ON, November 7, 2013 – The City is starting a Stormwater Funding Study to explore alternative ways to pay for its stormwater management program. “The intent of the stormwater funding study is to determine future program costs and public service expectations, along with a way to provide a dedicated and sustainable funding source with charges allocated in a fair and equitable manner,” explained Arun Hindupur, infrastructure planning engineer, Engineering Services. Currently, stormwater management in the City of Guelph is funded through a combination of property taxes, development charges and the federal gas tax. “The City has just started the funding study, and we are in the process of determining a list of alternative funding tools based on research and best practices from other municipalities,”… Continue reading City undertaking Stormwater Funding Study