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Stormwater funding input wanted

The city, which is looking at different ways to pay for stormwater management, will hold the first of two public open houses on the issue on Thursday Jan. 30.
The city is seeking public feedback at the 6:30-8:30 p.m. event at city hall. Currently, stormwater management in Guelph is funded through a combination of property taxes, development charges and the federal gas tax, a news release said.
City hall started the funding study last fall and is putting together “a list of alternative funding tools based on research and best practices from other municipalities,” infrastructure planning engineer Arun Hindupur said in the release.
“The city is considering a number of alternative funding options, and we are asking members of the public and interested stakeholders to help us determine the most suitable funding system for the city,” he said.
At the open house, community members will be able to take part in a presentation with a facilitated question-and-answer period.
Like other Ontario municipalities, Guelph is facing increasing stormwater-management pressure as a result of aging infrastructure, changing weather patterns and the growth of the city, the release said.

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