Bashaw town council balks at approving revised water commission budget


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By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Town of Bashaw town council wouldn’t approve a revised 2022 budget from the Hwy. #12/21 Water Commission and instead requested representatives to attend council with information. The decision was made at the Dec. 20 regular meeting.
Town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller provided councillors with a report on the Hwy. #12/21 Water Commission's revised budget, the original version of which called for no rate increases in 2022.
A document from the commission, titled 2022-24 operational budget and prepared by Keith Boras, manager, Hwy. #12/21 Water Commission, “The 2022 operational budget has been prepared by administration for the commission members to review,” noted the commission document.
“This budget takes into account the costs associated with running the commission, operating the line, repayment of debt as well as contributions to reserves for repairs and replacement of equipment associated with the lines.
“The 2022 budget was presented to the commission at the Nov. 13, 2021 board meeting. Since the meeting there are several changes that resulted from a delay in the connection of the new water segments,” added the commission document.
It noted that the original water consumption estimate of 309,700 cubic metres has been amended to 282,450 cubic metres, and since fewer cubic metres are being sold less revenue will come into the commission.
Therefore, the amended commission budget included a per cubic metre rate of $3.146 to member municipalities.
The water commission document noted that member communities can face later payment...continued.

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