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Woodstock’s combined water and wastewater rates are currently-- and also with the proposed increase for 2021-- lower than the rates for London, Stratford, Waterloo, Brantford, St. Thomas, Kitchener and Cambridge. (You can reference this in the presentation to Council from August 12 that is posted to the web page: https://speakup.oxfordcounty.ca/14897/widgets/58044/documents/38209, page 15).
Woodstock’s system does treat minor wastewater flows from other systems; each of those systems is charged fees based on the percentage of flows that the Woodstock plant treats. The funds received are used to operate and maintain the Woodstock wastewater system. Based on the Municipal Act, the County is responsible for the delivery of all the water and wastewater systems within its borders.
We hope this addresses your comments.
Thank you for your question. The amount of reserves have increased for Woodstock’s systems beyond the original estimates because of a number of factors: projects were delayed (funds not spent yet); some projects were re-evaluated and not pursued during the previous rate study (will start in the future); there were savings on some projects that were completed; and, development charge revenues were collected for past projects.
As examples, work on Woodstock’s wastewater treatment plant and a wastewater receiving station project still need to take place, and the County Rd 17 Booster Station and watermain is currently in progress. These types of infrastructure projects are costly to undertake. For example, the upgrades to the Woodstock Wastewater Treatment Plant are expected to cost more than $10 million over the next 8 years.
In addition, it is considered a best practice among municipalities to have sufficient reserves to cover any unanticipated or even catastrophic incidents. (The downtown London, Ontario, sinkhole is an example of this kind of event.) All municipalities are required by the Government of Ontario to have an Asset Management Plan in place specifically so they are prepared to deal with aging infrastructure as well as future growth in their communities.
It is important to note that any balance in the reserves earns interest revenues, which is re-invested back in into the system. This means that the funds designated for Woodstock’s water and wastewater system will only ever be used for the Woodstock’s system.
We are listening to feedback from the community and will consider as part of the rate study final report to Council.
In the case of boundary adjustments, newly serviced properties would pay:
At this time, it is unknown what the one-time capital cost will be.
Current residents do not pay for growth: this extension will be recovered through direct capital billing to the benefiting property owners and from development charges.
Future rates in Ingersoll will be reviewed as part of the next water rates study and will be based on the number of customers planned during that timeframe.
We hope this answers your question.
Hello: The proposed changes will reduce the fixed wastewater rate for Drumbo. To review the proposed rates for all townships, please see the rates package in the “Documents” section: the proposed monthly charges for township water rates are on page 30, and the proposed monthly charges for wastewater rates are on page 34. (https://speakup.oxfordcounty.ca/14897/widgets/58044/documents/38114)
Drumbo’s water and wastewater rates are calculated based on the costs to operate and maintain the system among the number of system users (customers). Starting on page 24 of the document above, you can see more about how the proposed rates for the townships were calculated for 2021-2024.
Thank you for your question. The savings that will be achieved through a blended township fixed rate for wastewater (Woodstock, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg each have their own rate) are from flexible financial terms and economies of scale when completing operational and capital works.
For rates, in the Documents, you’ll find the rates package that shows the proposed monthly charges for water rates (pages 27-30) and the proposed monthly charges for wastewater rates (pages 31-34).
As for potential savings that some customers may see, it’s important to note that for the average residential user, the fixed charges (costs of operating and maintaining the system) are the largest part of a customer’s bill and do not change in direct proportion to the water that is used.
Rates in Ingersoll are higher than in Tillsonburg primarily because of two factors:
Thank you for your question.
Thank you for your question. No, the County does not charge user fees for stormwater: this is a local municipality responsibility (township, town or city). To clarify, we are not proposing that all water and wastewater rates will be the same across the County. The proposed changes are:
Water and wastewater charges are a “user pay” system and are not included in the calculation of a resident’s taxes. Residents are billed monthly for water and wastewater charges, and the money received is only used to pay for the water and wastewater systems in their community.
The proposed changes would lower the wastewater fixed charge in Plattsville. In the "Documents" section of this section, the one labelled, "2021-2024 Water and Wastewater Rates Package" shows the proposed change in the monthly rates (page 30 for Water and page 34 for Wastewater). You download this document here: https://speakup.oxfordcounty.ca/14897/widgets/58044/documents/38114
All County properties with a water meter are currently charged both a fixed charge and a consumption charge based on usage. If you generally use the same amount of water each month, the bill should not change much month to month, and this is not a proposed change for 2021-2024.
The County uses a combination of a fixed charge and a consumption charge because there are costs to operating and maintaining the system that do not change in direct proportion to the water consumed by customers, and there are costs that do change in direct proportion to the water consumed. If you think there may be an issue with your billing, please call your billing agent: the information is located on your monthly bill.
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