Cornwall 2018 waterworks budget fails to pass after three votes

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Cornwall councillors tried three times but failed to pass a 2018 water and sewer budget with a 7.65 per cent increase Monday.

The council was deadlocked during a special council meeting yesterday afternoon, mostly because Coun. Maurice Dupelle was not at the meeting, leading to an even number at the council table.

There were two camps of council: those who don’t want to pass on such a massive increase to the ratepayer and those who believe the critical work needs to be done to the city’s water and sewer infrastructure.

As it stands right now, a homeowner with one bathroom, one outside tap and no swimming pool would be an extra $45 on their yearly bill. For a two bathroom home with an outside tap and a swimming pool, it would be $64 more for 2018.

No future dates have been set to tackle the water and sewer budget again.

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