In the rural area, the costs associated with hauling water and disposing sewage are the responsibility of each individual property owner and can vary. Previous studies have indicated that the cost of hauling water and disposing of sewage for the average rural residential property can range between $3,000 and $4,000 annually.
Within the City, the costs for water as of January 1, 2016 are as follows:
For all metered properties:
- A fixed monthly charge of $13.00 will be allocated to each water utility account
- A consumption charge of $1.44 per cubic metre
- Residential: $75.00 per month for water and $75.00 per month for sewer
- Commercial: $250.00 per month for water and $250.00 per month for sewer
- Industrial: $250.00 per month for water and $250.00 per month for sewer
Other charges may apply, such as connection/equipment/installation charges, etc.
Regardless of local government jurisdiction the expense of new water and sewer infrastructure is borne by the affected property owner. Thus, this infrastructure cost will not be borne by City taxpayers to newly incorporated areas. The City will apply for any government grants that are available to offset large infrastructure projects to reduce the cost to the affected taxpayers.
Rural properties that utilize the City’s bulk water station and the PRRD sewer transfer station will be reimbursed the difference between the City and rural cubic metre rate. This request for reimbursement can be submitted to the City’s Finance Department on a semi-annual basis. The City will not reimburse for truck hauling costs.
Once water and sewer connection is available to the property owner, this reimbursement will no longer be valid.
The City acknowledges that water services could be provided by the Peace River Regional District in the near future for its rural residents.
Why consider incorporating potential residential lands since residential is a low mill rate which means the taxes generated won’t even help the City?
The objective of exploring boundary extension is not to help the City from a tax revenue perspective. While the City would receive additional revenue from applying tax rates to the assessed values of properties brought into its boundaries, it would also experience service costs for maintaining roads within the extension area which are currently the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation.