by Shaun McLaughlin
First published in Shaun on Council
The 2,935 Mississippi Mills homes on septic systems can expect a one-time levy on their final 2013 tax bill of $115 to pay the capital cost of the septage treatment component of the new wastewater treatment plant. The plant has not processed a pint of septage yet (but will soon).
Fortunately, our Director of Roads and Public Works, Troy Dunlop, arranged a contract to with Cobden to process three loads of septage material per month for annual revenues of $14,000. The first shipment arrived there recently.
The rural share of the 2013 hydro revenues will be put in a reserve fund to be used to cover operating costs of the septage treatment plant in years when the town collects little or no tipping fees. If not needed, Council may move it to general reserves.