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City of Guelph is Conducting Stormwater Funding Study

Web posted on January 16, 2014

Guelph, ON, January 16, 2014 The City is seeking public feedback as part of the Stormwater Funding Study. The study will explore alternative ways to pay for the City's stormwater management program.

As part of the study, the City will involve residents, business and institution owners, environmental organizations and other stakeholders in an inclusive and meaningful community engagement process.

Two public open houses will be held during the study to provide an opportunity for dialogue between the project team and the community. The first open house is scheduled for Thursday, January 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at City Hall.

"At the open house, community members will be able to take part in a presentation with a facilitated question and answer period, as well as have the opportunity to view information display boards and submit written comments," explained Arun Hindupur, infrastructure planning engineer, Engineering Services.

The intent of the stormwater funding study is to determine future program costs and public service expectations, along with a way to provide a dedicated and sustainable funding source with charges allocated in a fair and equitable manner.

Currently, stormwater management in the City of Guelph is funded through a combination of property taxes, development charges and the federal gas tax.

"The City initiated the funding study in the fall, and we are in the process of determining a list of alternative funding tools based on research and best practices from other municipalities," said Hindupur. "The City is considering a number of alternative funding options, and we are asking members of the public and interested stakeholders to help us determine the most suitable funding system for the City."

The City of Guelph manages all aspects of the local stormwater system. This system is critical for reducing the risk of floods, controlling downstream erosion and for ensuring both water quality and quantity in local streams and rivers.

Like other Ontario municipalities, the City of Guelph is experiencing increasing pressure for stormwater management due to aging infrastructure, changing weather patterns, and the growth of the community.

It is expected that the study will be completed in mid 2014.