October 27, 2016
Proposed water/wastewater rates for 2017 - 2020
Public consultation begins for new proposed rates for community that receive municipal water and/or wastewater services
Oxford County is looking for public input on new proposed water and wastewater rates for 2017 – 2020. The rates were presented to County Council by Public Works, along with Hemson Consulting, the firm contracted to study and make the recommendations on rate charges. With Council receiving the report, the proposed rates are now up for public review through the end of the year.
The final rates are scheduled to return for Council’s consideration at the January 25, 2017 meeting.
The water and wastewater rates vary by community. Oxford County provides municipal water services to 21 communities, 11 of those also have municipal wastewater services. All of the wastewater systems and three urban water systems are maintained as independent financial systems, while the township water systems are grouped into one financial system to achieve economy of scale.
For the full breakdown of proposed water and wastewater rates by system, read Council Report 2016-58. Year over year percentage changes for the typical annual user are provided in the report.
Residents can provide feedback on the proposed rates through Speak Up, Oxford!
Oxford County also welcomes comments from the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors that may be heavy users of water and/or wastewater. Public Works will be reaching out to local chambers of commerce, area municipal staff and other key stakeholders for their feedback.
Community Servicing Assistance Program (CSAP)
The Community Servicing Assistance Program (CSAP) was developed to provide financial assistance to existing landowners where municipal water and sewers have been extended to replace private water and wastewater systems. There are two financial components to the CSAP program; the revenue collected from existing water and wastewater customers, and the maximum cost billed per residential service as set out in the by-law.
The CSAP program is being reviewed as part of the current water/wastewater rate study.
The proposal includes:
- The CSAP charge remain at $10.00 per water service and $10.00 per wastewater service per year
- The maximum cost billed per residential service be increased at a rate of 3% per year
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County has a population of approximately 111,700 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050 and becoming a zero waste community. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture forms a cornerstone of the County’s economy, which boasts 55,000 jobs in a rapidly expanding commercial and industrial sector bolstered by its location at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403. The County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Adam Nyp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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