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City Council Highlights - Dec 5, 2017

By City Staff

At its budget meeting held on December 5, 2017, Sarnia City Council approved a $139.6 million budget for 2018.

Approved 2018 Operating Budget including General, Police, and Transit, with the total property taxation amount of $75.3 million, an increase of 3.67% compared to 2017. 

Approved 2018 Water and Sewer (Sanitary and Storm) Rates are $15,969,221, and $17,585,275 respectively.  The water distribution charge decreased 5% for smaller sized meters and increased 5.45% for larger meters. The sewer surcharge increased 0.19% and the water consumption rate was set at $0.2912 per cubic metre.

Approved 2018 Capital Budget in the amount of $27,066,201.  29 capital projects were approved, including:

  1. Road Resurfacing/Reconstruction - $2,000,000;
  2. Canatara Park Upgrades - $250,000;
  3. Donohue Bridge - $6,000,000
  4. Sarnia Sewer Upgrade Project - $4,500,000;
  5. Watermain Sanitary & Storm Sewer Replacement - $2,691,201;
  6. WPCC Improvements-Ultraviolet Changeout - $1,000,000;
  7. Police Radio Communication System - $1,500,000.

Fees for Services are charged to users that benefit from the service, and 2018 highlights include:

  • Marriage Ceremony service extended to include a Staff Witness fee for $50 per ceremony;
  • Sarnia Harbour fees increased for Vessel with working cargo, more than 24 hours $1,325 (+6%) and Vessel for less than 24 hours $375 (+7.1%);
  • New Fire and Rescue Service fee for Elevator Rescue at $457.50 per hour;
  • New Public Works fee for Water Service Shut-Off Charge (after business hours) $150;
  • Building Department Pool Permits $150 (+20%), and Demolition of buildings (over 600sq ft.) $600 (+12.1%);
  • 25% reduction (subsidy) for Non-Profit or Charitable Groups has been applied to Park and Facility User Fees for Community Events (with 10+ vendors and over 500+ attendance).


Operational changes resulting from the Budget to be implemented in 2018 include:

  • Change Public Service Hours as follows:
    • City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
    • Public Works from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no change);
    • Transit Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
    • Administrative office closure between Christmas and New Year’s;
  • Change City Hall phone service to initial automated answer, with an option to ring through to live answer;
  • Remove the concierge kiosk in the lobby of City Hall, maintaining in-person service within the Customer Service Centre.


Noted the next Regular Council Meeting will be held on December 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017 4:36 PM

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