Taylor ups fees for water/sewer, adds campsite reservation charge

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In an effort to have water and sewer be self-funding, the District is moving towards full-cost recovery by phasing out subsidizing those services. As such, the annual residential water rate is increasing $25 to $250, along with commercial and industrial rate increases. Water and sewer connection fees are also increasing by $50 each, while the senior’s discount is decreasing from $45 to $40, with five per cent decreases scheduled for each year ahead until it is $25. 

Regular campsite fees at PeaceIslandPark will remain at $15 a night, but the group camping fee has increased to $50 from $40, and a new reservation fee of $120 has been added. The reservation cost will come out of camping fees, but is non-refundable if cancelled less than five days before arrival. 

The cost to rent out the Clubhouse at the Lone Wolf Golf Club is going up substantially to $300, but the $100 rate for use of its kitchen has been eliminated. 

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The District will be keeping the reduced cost for leisure skating passes at the Taylor Arena, as they have reportedly been well received by users. A three month pass is now sold for $20, and a six month pass for $30, when they would previously cost $65 and $130 respectively. 

Lastly, the honorariums for mayor and council are going up, but the raises have been reduced from what was originally proposed. Councillors will receive $9,150 a year, up from $9,000, while Mayor Fred Jarvis is getting a $300 raise to $22,600. It was previously suggested councillors make $500 more, which was cut down to $150. 

The new fees will come into effect on January 1, 2014.

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