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City Council Highlights - January 15, 2019

By City Staff

At its budget meeting Sarnia City Council approved a $145.3 million budget for 2019.

Approved 2019 Operating Budget including General, Police, and Transit, with the total property taxation amount of $78.3 million, an increase of 3.35% versus 2018. 

Approved 2019 Water Rates Budget is $16,476,009, representing a 3.17% increase versus 2018. Sewer (Sanitary and Storm) Rates Budget is $18,229,353, representing a 3.66% increase versus 2018. 

Approved 2018 Capital Budget in the amount of $29,789,300.  36 capital projects were approved including:

  1. Oversized Load Corridor - $1,285,000;
  2. Emergency Fire Apparatus - Heavy Water Tower & Platform -  $1,000,000;
  3. Road Resurfacing/Reconstruction - $2,000,000;
  4. Rehabilitation Various Structures (Bridges & Culverts) - $1,000,000;
  5. Donohue Bridge - $1,500,000;
  6. Sarnia Sewer Upgrade Project - $7,500,000;
  7. Sewer Separation - $2,000,000;
  8. Watermain, Sanitary & Storm Sewer Replacement (Various Locations) - $3,200,000;
  9. Corrosion Protection Program - $1,200,000;
  10. Police Services Radio Communication System - $2,761,300.

 

Fees for Services are charged to users that benefit from the service. 2019 highlights include:

  • A charge for issuing a refund for overpayments or transfer errors after the second incident;
  • Tax Certificates $55 (+10%), Tax Certificate on Demand $75 (+15%) and Ownership Change Notice $32 (+28%);
  • A new service of installing a clean-out on a sanitary lateral (waste water pipe) - $833 to be phased in over three years to a final fee of $2,500;
  • A new service, Trenchless Service Line Repair is being offered for the repair of a lateral (pipe) on private property - $1,000;
  • Relocation of Temporary Water Connection $150 (+43%) and Testing of Backflow Preventer fees have been significantly increased due to operator training requirements $125 (+20%);
  • New Sarnia Transit fees for Care-A-Van and Conventional Bus Passes - Daily Family Pass $14.50, Weekly Pass $24.50, and Senior Pass $60;
  • New Parks & Recreation fees - Set Up & Take Down day rental fee for Anchor Events and Festivals $250, Germain Park Japanese Garden  Wedding $35 per hour, and Art/Craft Vendor Centennial Park $125;
  • Building and By-Law Enforcement fees have generally been increased by 2% to adjust for cost of living;
  • Parking passes at the Victoria St. municipal lot are reduced by 50%;
  • Addition of a fee for cone and barricade drop off and pickup;
  • Formalized the fees for commemorative benches and trees.

 

Approved a total of $ $72,566 in grants, as follows:

  • Sarnia Lambton Taskforce on Healthcare Worker Recruitment - $72,366
  • Lambton Farm Safety Association - $200

 

 

 

The next Regular Council Meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21.

This article was posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:15 PM

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