Published on February 12th 2012Home » Councillors' Forum » Septage: The White Elephant Awakens
by Shaun McLaughlin
Troy Dunlop, our very capable Director of Roads and Public Works, contacted all local septage haulers asking if they planned to use the facility. Most said no. One said "maybe occasionally." That means there will not be enough tipping fee revenue to cover the operating costs of the facility.
Troy told me that the Town can't simply shut down the facility. Even if unused, it requires maintenance. Because of that, he asked Council to add $10,000 to the 2012 budget to cover the cost of septage facility operations. That money will be added to the septage tax levy rural taxpayers will be hit with later this year. (I was the only vote against it.)
If the septage facility continues to be underused, rural taxpayers may see a bill for it operations for years to come.