Ottawa Stormwater Rates Targets Rurals

[ 0 ] October 8, 2016 |
ditch water photo

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As you know, the City of Ottawa has decided that property owners on private services (well and septic) will be subject to a stormwater management levy starting at 25% of the applicable rural stormwater expenses starting in 2017. This would escalate over the next 3 years so that 100% of the cost would be paid by 2020.

We did not ask for a separate levy – we asked that the fees be put back into the roads budget – something the City says they cannot do without raising the tax rate above the 2% cap imposed by the Mayor. The message at the public consultation meetings was that we did not want a special levy – culverts and ditches belong in the roads budget.

The Mayor, a few Councillors, and now the media is accusing the rural residents of whining about the rates and of not paying our fair share. We have another “suck it up, buttercup” situation.

The real issue is management of the budget. We did not ask for our culvert and ditches costs to be added to the water bill of connected residents. Our roads have steadily declined since amalgamation. The roads budget is woefully underfunded.

We encourage you to attend the Environment Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 18 at 9:30 AM at City Hall.  This issue will not go to Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee but the rural councillors have said they will all attend the meeting on October 18th.

Shirley Dolan, President

Carleton Landowners Association

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