Are Single Family Homes Paying too much Sewer Tax?

The Editor,
Richmond News

This is a call for Council to re-balance Sewer Charges for Single Family Dwellings, Townhouses and Apartments. Currently, sewer taxes are paid on metered water usage at 90% of the water meter reading (there is no sewer meter). Mr. Symons presented this matter to Council on December 10. Council and staff listened but Council provided no direction.
Apparently, our Council and staff are unaware that this issue has already been addressed successfully by the District of West Vancouver.
Their metered sewer rate is based on the volume of your sewer use. It is charged by cubic metres and is based on your metered water consumption. The single-family sewer volume is based on winter water use (first and fourth quarter) then annualized and charged in quarterly payments; this is because single-family properties tend to have much higher outdoor water use in the summer, and water used outdoors does not flow through the sewer system. Multi-family and commercial sewer volume is based directly on water used during the quarter.

Surely, the City of Richmond can provide this West Vancouver type of billing solution for single-family homes rather than over-billing us for our sewers! Check your last utility bill from the City.

Staff has warned Council that our rates will increase dramatically going forward.

Regards,

Don Flintoff

Richmond.

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2018 Post Election Results

Number of eligible voters         129,411
Name Votes % of Votes % of eligible voters
Malcolm BRODIE        30,452 64.26% 23.53%
Roy SAKATA           7,942 16.76% 6.14%
Donald FLINTOFF           4,204 8.87% 3.25%
Hong GUO           2,940 6.20% 2.27%
Lawrence CHEN           1,260 2.66% 0.97%
Cliff WEI              594 1.25% 0.46%
          47,392 100.00% 36.62%
Carol DAY 20871 44.04% 16.13%
Harold STEVES 19136 40.38% 14.79%
Chak AU 18026 38.04% 13.93%
Bill McNULTY 17242 36.38% 13.32%
Kelly GREENE 16464 34.74% 12.72%
Linda McPHAIL 15521 32.75% 11.99%
Michael WOLFE 13627 28.75% 10.53%
Alexa LOO 13212 27.88% 10.21%
Derek DANG 13115 27.67% 10.13%
Andy HOBBS 12336 26.03% 9.53%
Judie SCHNEIDER 11672 24.63% 9.02%
Ken JOHNSTON 11161 23.55% 8.62%
Jonathan HO 11140 23.51% 8.61%
Jack TROVATO 10915 23.03% 8.43%
Sunny HO 8933 18.85% 6.90%
Niti SHARMA 8917 18.82% 6.89%
Henry YAO 8467 17.87% 6.54%
Peter LIU 8357 17.63% 6.46%
Parm BAINS 7973 16.82% 6.16%
John ROSTON 7961 16.80% 6.15%
Melissa ZHANG 7078 14.94% 5.47%
Kerry STARCHUK 6959 14.68% 5.38%
Jason TARNOW 5720 12.07% 4.42%
Adil AWAN 4278 9.03% 3.31%
Manjit SINGH 4134 8.72% 3.19%
Dennis PAGE 3478 7.34% 2.69%
Andy CHIANG 3337 7.04% 2.58%
Theresa HEAD 3251 6.86% 2.51%
Patrick S. SAUNDERS 2241 4.73% 1.73%
Zhe ZHANG 2241 4.73% 1.73%