Cornwall water and sewer budget settles in at 1.88%

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CORNWALL – Get ready to pay a little more for sewer and water in 2016 but not as much as first feared.

During a special council meeting Wednesday afternoon, city council was able to whittle down a nearly five per cent increase to 1.88 per cent, mostly through borrowing from their reserve fund.

That works out to roughly $10 to just over $25 a year, depending on how many bathrooms and outside taps you have and whether you have a swimming pool.

Couns. Elaine MacDonald and Carilyne Hebert had earlier tried to ram through the draft with a 4.97 per cent increase.

MacDonald called it a “responsible budget” while Hebert warned that taking “a little here and a little there” would lead to the same situation at this time next year with a backlog of waterworks projects in the millions.

The initial vote fell 8-3, with Couns. Bernadette Clement, Elaine MacDonald and Carilyne Hebert voting for the nearly five per cent increase.

After a 20 minute recess, councillors were able to come back with a motion from Coun. Maurice Dupelle to take half million from reserves to bring down the increase to 1.88 per cent.

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