The City of Vaughan has started working on the 2017 Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Budget. This budget determines how much residents pay for water, wastewater and stormwater and identifies the resources needed to operate and maintain the City’s infrastructure.
Why it’s important
By operating and maintaining existing water services and accommodating growth, the City can ensure that:
- safe drinking water is delivered to residents
- wastewater is effectively collected in an environmentally responsible way
- stormwater is efficiently managed to mitigate flooding and protect the environment
What’s in the proposed budget?
The combined City of Vaughan 2017 rate increase for water and wastewater is $0.0581 per cubic metre or a 1.56 per cent over 2016 rates. The stormwater charge together with the 2017 combined water and wastewater rate equals an overall increase of 9.55 per cent. The rate increases will allow the City to:
- continue to provide safe drinking water
- operate and maintain current infrastructure (e.g. pipes)
- save for future infrastructure needs
What does that mean for residents and businesses?
The increase would mean the average household that uses 267 cubic metres of water per year will pay an additional $15.52 annually or $1.29 per month. One cubic metre equals 1,000 litres of water – in other words, 500 two-litre bottles of pop.
You’re invited to get involved in the 2017 Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Budget. Public meetings will be held at Vaughan City Hall on:
- Monday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. – Finance, Administration and Audit Meeting to review the draft budget
- Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. – Council Meeting to approve the draft budget
You can also watch the meetings live at vaughan.ca.