Township council is mulling over a change to the way streetlights are financed.
Currently, streetlights are billed to the users. Those living with the urban boundaries pay the street light rate based on their tax class and assessment. In 2019, the residential average was just shy of $76.
The owners of rural properties only pay if a light is within 200 feet of their property line – a flat fee for all 776 users of $68.62 in 2019.
If there are no lights within 200 feet of a particular property, the owner pays nothing towards the cost of having streetlights anywhere in the township.
“Council is considering moving away from the current way of paying for streetlights and funding them through the general tax levy. Essentially this will remove the streetlight charge residents see on their tax bill and will create a small increase in residents overall tax rate,” reads a social media post from the Township.
During the first round of budget deliberations Friday (Feb. 7), members of staff referred to the current billing process as archaic and urged members of council to support the recommendation.
While no formal decision has been reached, both Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb and Ward 4 Councillor Cria Pettingill have voiced opposition.
Budget deliberations resume Monday (Feb. 10) at 9 a.m.