DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Council has decided to send a letter to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Energy, after seeing a report that showed the impacts of rising energy costs on the Township.
According to the report, from Township treasurer Donna Condon, the total hydro costs for Public Works were $237,419 in 2015 and $275,256 in 2016. This represents an increase of 16 per cent, according to staff. However, the report also states the electricity usage decreased by 5 per cent from 2015 to 2016. The total hydro costs for Public Works took into account electricity costs for streetlights, the public works garage, and the pumping station.
The arena’s electricity usage increased by 9 per cent from 2015 to 2016. Its electricity costs saw an increase from $187,402 in 2015 to $228,449 in 2016.
“Hydro has gone up enough in Township facilities to equal one per cent of your tax increase,” said Mayor O’Connor.
Council approved a motion made by the Mayor to send a letter as well as the report to the Premier and the Minister of Energy.
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