Council approves four dollar monthly residential stormwater service fee

2017 Non-tax-supported budget receives Council approval

Guelph, Ont., November 3, 2016—Earlier this evening, Council approved the City’s Water, Wastewater Services and Stormwater Services, Ontario Building Code Administration and Court Services budgets for 2017. This is the first year that Stormwater Services is included in the non-tax-supported budget.

“We have seen what the strong financial policies of Water and Wastewater Services can do to close the infrastructure gap and ensure healthy reserves,” says James Krauter, acting city treasurer. “The approval of the stormwater service fee will provide stable and dedicated funding for this critical service much like we have for water and wastewater.”

Approved 2017 water and wastewater rates, effective January 1, 2017

Recommended rates and fees 2016 2017 change
Water volume – $/cubic metre (m3) $1.59 $1.67 $0.08
Water basic – $/day $0.26 $0.26 $0.00
Wastewater volume – $/cubic metre (m3) $1.73 $1.80 $0.07
Wastewater basic – $/day $0.32 $0.32 $0.00
Stormwater service fee – $/month $2.36 $4.00 $1.64

The approved water, wastewater and stormwater service rates and fees, combined, would increase the average annual residential bill by $46 over 2016 rates.

Estimates for water and wastewater are based on the average annual volume of water consumed by a three–person household in Guelph (180 cubic metres).

The 2016 monthly charge ($2.36) for stormwater services is an estimate of what residential property owners are paying for stormwater services through property taxes. The 2017 $4 monthly charge will move the City towards sustainable funding for the service.

2017 approved budgets

Water Services

The recommended $30.5 million operating budget and $180.2 million 10-year capital budget allows Guelph to continue delivering a safe and sustainable water supply while renewing aging infrastructure.

Wastewater Services

The recommended $30.9 million operating budget and $137.9 million 10-year capital budget supports continued optimization of Guelph’s wastewater systems.

Stormwater Services

The recommended $4.2 million operating and $40.7 million 10-year capital budget supports stormwater system sustainability, environmental protection and community safety as it relates to stormwater.

Building Services

The recommended $3.4 million operating and $69,000 10-year capital budget includes continued investments to maintain the health and safety of the community.

Court Services

The recommended $3.9 million operating and $504,300 10-year capital budget includes technology upgrades in order to enhance customer service.

2017 City Budget

The Non-tax-supported budget was the first of four budgets to be approved by City Council.

Residents are invited to review proposed tax-supported documents and bring their comments to Council on November 30 (Public Delegation Night), and to follow the City’s budget news on, Twitter (@cityofguelph, #GuelphBudget) and

All budget documents and related information will be posted on as they become available.

Budget schedule change

The previously scheduled expansions and reductions budget presentation on November 23 has been canceled. City staff will present expansions and reductions during the November 9 Tax-supported operating budget presentation.

Coming up next

November 9, 2016   – Operating budget presentation to Council, including expansions and reductions (6 p.m.)

November 16, 2016 – Local boards and shared services presentation to Council (6 p.m.)

November 30, 2016 – Public delegation (6 p.m.)

December 7, 2016   – Council deliberations and approval (2 p.m.)

All Council meetings will be in Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street.

For more information

James Krauter, Acting City Treasurer
General Manager Finance
519-822-1260 extension 2334