Haldimand County Council Approves 2020 Rate-Supported Budget

Haldimand County Council ratified the 2020 Rate-Supported Budget on January 28, 2020. Otherwise known as the Water & Wastewater Budget, it is an important strategic document that ensures reliable, safe, clean and affordable potable water is available to residents across the County.

This Rate-Supported Budget deals exclusively with water and wastewater treatment initiatives & is funded directly by user rates (with no support from property taxes). The Budget provides a 10 year financial plan to ensure that operations, capital replacements and new treatment facilities will be provided when required with no new debt incurred. For 2020, residential water & wastewater users will see a slight increase of about .60¢ (0.7%) on their average monthly bill. The new rates take effect February 1, 2020.

Haldimand’s water & wastewater rates remain below the provincial average due to ongoing strategic planning efforts, diligent asset management practices & the application of strong financial principles. In the long-term, rates are expected to remain stable due to a comprehensive, long-term infrastructure maintenance/rehabilitation schedule and a projected increase in user growth.

The County recognizes that provincial legislation has the ability to significantly impact municipal operations & associated costs. As such, senior staff will continue to monitor the political environment & lobby against changes that may impact the affordability of water rates in Ontario.

Council will next review the Tax-Supported Operating & Capital Budgets on the following dates:

Tax-Supported Capital Budget: March 5, 2020 & March 6, 2020* (*if required)
Cayuga Administration Building – Council Chambers
(45 Munsee St. N, Cayuga)

Tax-Supported Operating Budget: April 22, 2020 & April 23, 2020* (*if required)
New Haldimand County Administration Building – Council Chambers
(53 Thorburn St. S, Cayuga)

Budget deliberations begin at 9:30am and members of the public are welcome to attend or
watch live via HaldimandCounty.ca/livestream. More information about County budgets is available at HaldimandCounty.ca/financials.