You may have received a letter from the Municipality about the recent changes to the Municipal Sewer By-Law. Council adopted a new method of charging for sewer services, and it will be applied universally to users of all six municipal sewer systems.
After hearing from property owners and businesses both in the Village and throughout the Municipality, Council adopted a method designed to be fair and more sustainable than in the past.
The universal sewer charge is based on "equivalent dwelling units" (EDUs). One EDU is equal to the estimated flow generated by one single-family residence. Properties that generate a higher flow (such as restaurants or homes for special care) are designated a higher number of EDUs. The value of one EDU is $529.63, which is calculated by dividing the total amount needed to maintain and operate all six central sewer systems by the number of users and their estimated usage.
Property tax bills reflect the number of EDUs for the property multiplied by the EDU rate of $529.63. To view the EDU chart for the Municipality, please look under Schedule A of the Municipal Sewer By-Law.