Council holds off on 2021 water rates

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by Vance Gutzman

Deep River is holding off on setting its water and sewer rates for 2021.

The decision to do so came last week after town council was presented with a recommendation from municipal treasurer Arthur Smith calling for a significant increase in both rates this year.

Smith recommended to council that the town set those rates in conjunction with the municipality’s five-year water and sewer financial master plan, which it must submit to the province this year in support of the renewal of its drinking water system licence.

The financial plan was prepared for the town by Watson and Associates, and sparked a public outcry when it was presented to council in December, as it called for the town’s combined water and sewer rates to more than double over the course of the next 10 years – from $1,190 in 2020 to $2,432 by 2030.

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