Cornwall 2021 waterworks budget proposes 1.51% increase

The sign on Montreal Road at the entrance to the waste water treatment plant. The city is proposing a 1.51 per cent increase in residential water and sewer bills for 2021. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

Update 8:24 p.m. Monday: City council passed the budget as it was presented with a 1.51 per cent increase.

CORNWALL – City council will hold a special meeting tonight to go over the 2021 water and sewer budget.

If it’s passed as is, there would be a 1.51 per cent increase to the budget, which was just over $19 million this year. It would be nearly $19.4 million for 2021.

Operating costs are forecast to increase $363,427 while spending on capital is set to decrease $75,000.

The 1.51 per cent increase would result in a roughly $12 increase next year for residential water and sewer bills. The amount may vary slightly, depending on the number of bathrooms, outside taps and whether you have a swimming pool.

The special council meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the Cornwall Civic Complex though the meeting is closed to the public due to COVID-19 provisions.

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