Budget 2021: Sanitary Sewer Operations

Gibsons’ sanitary sewer infrastructure includes pipes, pumps, the wastewater treatment plant, and the Prowse Road lift station, which collect and treat waste water.

2021 Revenue

Total operating revenue is budgeted to be $2,008,485, an increase of $289,847 over 2020.

The increase is related to three factors:

  1. Additional taxes/user fees as more properties are connected to the Town’s sanitary sewer system throughout the year.
  2. A 5% increase in parcel taxes and user fees, which is made up of a 2% cost of living increase and a 3% asset replacement increase. Each year, the Town’s sewer rates are reviewed to ensure they reflect all current and future costs associated with the Town’s sewage infrastructure. Based on this review, Gibsons’ Council approved an overall increase of 5% in the Town’s sewer rates in the 2021 budget. Higher rates help ensure the Town has the funds it needs to continue delivering reliable sewage services for the long-term.
  3. A total transfer from reserves of $205,665. These funds will be used to complete delayed preventative activities from 2020, to cover the debt servicing costs of the Prowse Road Lift Station and to cover COVID-19 related expenses (cleaning, PPE and pump rental costs due to a delay in construction.)
2021 Expenses

Total operating expenses are budgeted to be $1,918,485, an increase of $403,929 over 2020.

The increase is primarily related to:

  1. Higher staffing allocations for both the sewer collection network and the waste water treatment plant. In both cases, the increased staff costs reflect increased workloads.
  2. Annual flushing program and smoke-testing work – an increase of approximately $94,000. This represents an allocation for two years, as the 2020 program could not be completed due to COVID-19.
  3. Repairs and maintenance at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) – an increase of approximately $20,950. Planned work at the WWTP includes replacing a damaged spare pump and preventative maintenance relating to the process probes.
  4. Annual interest costs of $102,060 associated with the new debt of $1.76 million, to fund the Prowse Road Lift Station upgrade.
2021 Net Surplus

With revenues of $2,008,485 and operating expenses of $1,918,485, a net surplus of $90,000 has been forecast. This surplus will be used to fund the current year capital and projects program.

To learn more about the 2021 Sanitary Sewer Operating Budget, please click here.

To view a PowerPoint presentation on the Sanitary Sewer Long-Term Financial Plan, please click here.

To view the 2021 Sewer Fund Preliminary Budget, please click here.

Capital and Projects Program

For 2021, $909,000 has been budgeted for sanitary projects, with $714,000 of that related to the completion of the Prowse Road Lift Station Upgrade. Other projects include data collection improvements and operational improvements at the waste water treatment plant.

To view a complete spreadsheet of planned 2021 Sanitary Projects, please click here.

To view a complete spreadsheet of planned Sanitary Projects 2021 – 2025, please click here.