City Council Highlights - Dec 5, 2017
By City Staff
At its budget meeting held on December 5, 2017, Sarnia City Council approved a $139.6 million budget for 2018.
Approved 2018 Operating Budget including General, Police, and Transit, with the total property taxation amount of $75.3 million, an increase of 3.67% compared to 2017.
Approved 2018 Water and Sewer (Sanitary and Storm) Rates are $15,969,221, and $17,585,275 respectively. The water distribution charge decreased 5% for smaller sized meters and increased 5.45% for larger meters. The sewer surcharge increased 0.19% and the water consumption rate was set at $0.2912 per cubic metre.
Approved 2018 Capital Budget in the amount of $27,066,201. 29 capital projects were approved, including:
- Road Resurfacing/Reconstruction - $2,000,000;
- Canatara Park Upgrades - $250,000;
- Donohue Bridge - $6,000,000
- Sarnia Sewer Upgrade Project - $4,500,000;
- Watermain Sanitary & Storm Sewer Replacement - $2,691,201;
- WPCC Improvements-Ultraviolet Changeout - $1,000,000;
- Police Radio Communication System - $1,500,000.
Fees for Services are charged to users that benefit from the service, and 2018 highlights include:
- Marriage Ceremony service extended to include a Staff Witness fee for $50 per ceremony;
- Sarnia Harbour fees increased for Vessel with working cargo, more than 24 hours $1,325 (+6%) and Vessel for less than 24 hours $375 (+7.1%);
- New Fire and Rescue Service fee for Elevator Rescue at $457.50 per hour;
- New Public Works fee for Water Service Shut-Off Charge (after business hours) $150;
- Building Department Pool Permits $150 (+20%), and Demolition of buildings (over 600sq ft.) $600 (+12.1%);
- 25% reduction (subsidy) for Non-Profit or Charitable Groups has been applied to Park and Facility User Fees for Community Events (with 10+ vendors and over 500+ attendance).
Operational changes resulting from the Budget to be implemented in 2018 include:
- Change Public Service Hours as follows:
- City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
- Public Works from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no change);
- Transit Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
- Administrative office closure between Christmas and New Year’s;
- Change City Hall phone service to initial automated answer, with an option to ring through to live answer;
- Remove the concierge kiosk in the lobby of City Hall, maintaining in-person service within the Customer Service Centre.
Noted the next Regular Council Meeting will be held on December 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
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