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Water rates, municipal fees and charges updated for 2022

January 6, 2022

The public is reminded that new municipal water and wastewater rates came into effect on January 1, 2022. Additionally, the municipal Fees and Charges By-Law was updated for the 2022 calendar year, with amended fees and charges coming into effect as of January 1.

Water and wastewater rates

The water and wastewater rates for the period 2022-2026 were approved at the December 14 meeting of Council. Council approved a rate scenario that includes seasonal consumption rates, meaning that water and wastewater consumption rates will be reduced from October 1 to March 31 each year, while consumption rates will increase from April 1 to September 30.

The by-law outlining the water and wastewater rates can be viewed here. Rate schedules are attached to the by-law as schedules C, D and E.

Fees and charges

The Fees and Charges By-Law identifies the rates and fees for specific municipal services and activities provided by The County. The by-law changes were approved by Council at the November 10, 2021 meeting. The full schedule of fees and charges can be viewed here.

Some highlights of the changes include:

Fire & Rescue:

  • Increased fee for fire inspections, lawyer letters and fire safety plan approvals
  • Introduced a new charge to attend and/or extinguish a brush fire while a full burn ban is in effect.

Waste management:

  • Increase to the sale price of blue bins, green organics bins and kitchen catchers to reflect supplier cost increases.
  • New medium and large item disposal fees introduced in order to standardize the disposal costs of these items.
  • New charge for disposal of large quantities of brush at County landfills.

Transportation services:

  • Increased road closure permit processing fee and new service connection fee to recover the cost of staff time for these services.

Municipal cemeteries:

  • Increases to most fees related to municipally-managed cemeteries to reflect supplier and material cost increases, as well as align with the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2022.

Museums and facilities:

  • Updates to museum facility rental fees to better align with the needs of renters and their event requirements.
  • Updating the town hall rental policy, limiting non-profits that have purchased an annual rental permit to two bookings per week, to ensure equal opportunity for community use of these spaces.

Parks:

  • Update to the Wellington Rotary Beach admission fee, requiring a $10 per person fee seven days a week in July and August, which can be waived by presenting the Wellington Rotary Beach Day Pass for residents/ratepayers.

Community centre advertising:

  • This fee schedule was eliminated as the revenues are shared equitably with the junior hockey club associations.

For more information contact the County of Prince Edward customer service at 613.476.2148 extension 1023, 613.962.9108 extension 1023 or email info@pecounty.on.ca.

*Note the links to the Fees & Charges and Water Rates by-laws in this notice have been updated from a previous version.

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