Rose Valley water works?

Rose Valley water works?

Postby vissfam » Oct 14th, 2017, 6:10 am

Been a resident of Westbank for over 3 decades and went through the process of paying for the treatment plant on Powers Creek. But now by a text announcement I "think" we are being asked to PAY AGAIN for the Rose Valley treatment plant. Although I agree that 5 separate water districts being amalgamated into one makes sense, making those who labored to pay for one plant pay again for another does not seem fair.

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Re: Rose Valley water works?

Postby WalterWhite » Oct 14th, 2017, 7:08 am

If that’s in fact the case, would it not mean those same Rose Valley residents also paid into the cost of the Powers Creek treatment plant? It’s simply not feasible to expect a small user group to fund large infrastructure projects within the same district. Lots of people without kids still pay the same as those who do when it comes to paying taxes towards schools.
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Re: Rose Valley water works?

Postby forumdoug » Oct 14th, 2017, 10:20 am

vissfam wrote:Been a resident of Westbank for over 3 decades and went through the process of paying for the treatment plant on Powers Creek. But now by a text announcement I "think" we are being asked to PAY AGAIN for the Rose Valley treatment plant. Although I agree that 5 separate water districts being amalgamated into one makes sense, making those who labored to pay for one plant pay again for another does not seem fair.


I wondered about that too. If you look closely at the proposed water rates, though, Rose Valley's Water Service Areas are set to double or more than double (currently about $80 per quarter for flat+average consumption water service portion of the utility bill to about $160-200 per quarter, still very reasonable) in the next year while those of the Powers Creek/Westbank Water Service Area will only increate by between 7-10% over the same time period, based on my calculations and depending on which of the two prepared staff resolutions Council supports.

From the "gist" of what I read, it sounds like when the Powers Creek Water Treatment Plant is fully paid, the capital contribution portion of the property tax/parcel tax levy is being proposed to be converted into water reserve fund contribution, rather than decrease taxation. Similarly, when the new Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant is fully repaid in, say, 20 years, its taxes would not be decreased either but rather the capital contribution converted in to a reserve fund contribution. :)

The only concern I have, really, is why the Pritchard water service is being maintained. They say it's due to the structure of its bylaw but, if they got the right lawyers involved, I'm sure that it too could be combined. Besides, it's just a bunch of uber-wealthy property owners down there. :(

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Re: Rose Valley water works?

Postby forumdoug » Oct 14th, 2017, 10:22 am

WalterWhite wrote:If that’s in fact the case, would it not mean those same Rose Valley residents also paid into the cost of the Powers Creek treatment plant? It’s simply not feasible to expect a small user group to fund large infrastructure projects within the same district. Lots of people without kids still pay the same as those who do when it comes to paying taxes towards schools.


We didn't pay in to the Powers Creek Water Treatment Plant - that's the O.P.'s point but see my clarification above. :)

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