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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011 - SOOKE NEWS
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I’m told by the district that out of the $515, I pay $278 for debt servicing. If I pay $278 for debt servicing, and $366.09 for poop, that adds up to $644.09, not $515. Then there’s the fact that the district has thrown in about a quarter of a million for new stuff that we managed to do without up till now. That’s about $100 per parcel. There doesn’t seem to be any way to figure out how much EPCOR gets, how much the district gets, how much total revenue is collected, and what it is for. It’s all enough to make me want to cut down on the fibre in my diet, and brings to mind the saying “if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with b...s....” The one other thing I know for sure is that it all adds up to a NO on the petition. Terrance Martin Sooke
What about the Sewer Franchise Agreement? Utilities are essential, not everything is money. The District of Sooke’s proposed 21-year Wastewater Franchise Agreement with EPCOR, as is, is what evolved so wonderfully from our community’s investment of time, money, planning, installation and maintenance. RFPs happened and the tendering process was observed at the beginning of this project. Difference in costs now and when originally quoted – 40 per cent higher is a more accurate number, almost to the penny. These increased numbers would have happened no matter who contracted or even if we had our own sewer department. What about EPCOR and local hiring and training? Anyone inter-
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The District is trying mightily to sell me on the new sewer deal, and I am getting the distinct impression I am dealing with the proverbial used car salesman. I can’t seem to get a straight answer to a direct question. I’m not interested in a lot of complicated explanations as to why this is the best deal on the entire planet and that life as we know it will cease immediately if we don’t take the deal. I know one thing for sure – I have to pay $515, and that is up from $495. What I don’t know is how much of the $515 EPCOR gets, or what the part that they don’t get is for. There are apparently 2,526 parcels paying $515 for 2011. According to the agreement, EPCOR will get $924,752 in 2011, $924,752 divided by 2,526 parcels = $366.09 per parcel. Is $366.09 how much I pay EPCOR? That’s a lot of number two flushes.
ish bubbling. The sewage treatment portion of the parcel tax is to be considered in a stable state as per the numbers provided by the District of Sooke. Especially so when the sewage treatment option is setup to only increase at a slow and steady one per cent annually
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ested is invited to submit a resume to EPCOR. The majority of EPCOR employees are residents of Sooke. LWMP partnership is of significance to the Sewer Franchise Agreement. Contracts that are of length are for the community as much as short term contracts are, they are also implemented through a selection process completed by the mayor and council. It is the individuals elected who, with the purity of their hearts, make decisions based on wholesome goodness for all. Total Annual Payment is annual operating costs. Budgets cannot include noncontracted large future contractual items. The amount of money required to establish our community’s capable sewer department would be millions. EPCOR a multi-billion dollar company. What is offered, is far beyond that which most single municipalities have the ability to do for themselves. Parcel tax stabilization is a play on words. Things of this nature do not ever fin-
Complete June 15, 2011 issue of the Sooke News Mirror newspaper as it appeared in print.