On Sept. 19, residents of Carleton Place will be provided an opportunity to respond to a proposed 1.8 per cent increase in water and sewer bills at the town’s regular 7 p.m. meeting.
The suggested increase, in keeping with an expected inflation rate of 1.7 per cent, would help cover the cost of capital projects including the McArthur Island water main, pumping stations on bridge and Charles Streets, in addition to water and sewage plant maintenance.
According to town treasurer Phil Hogan, the increase would translate into a total annual cost of $15.42 for a household of one to two people, while homes with three to five people would see an increase of $16.20.
On a per capita basis, Hogan told the town’s physical environment committee meeting on Sept. 5, Carleton Place residents are using less water than residents in comparable municipalities, and there’s little incentive to switch to a metering system to monitor use.
Hogan pointed out that while Carleton Place ratepayers can expect annual water and sewer fees of $872 to $916, those in Smiths Falls face bills averaging $1,329, with Mississippi Mills residents paying on average $1,120 annually.
Mayor Louis Antonakos praised Hogan’s water and sewer budget, calling it a “compelling” document that serves as a tribute to the good work of the town’s public works staff. Antonakos added that while many comparable municipalities are expecting rate increases upward of 10 per cent, the modest 1.8 per cent proposed for Carleton Place is reasonable, and reflects good long-term planning from the department.