37 Cities Pass Motions On The Hydro File

 

Thirty-seven cities have already passed motions calling on the Province to remove HST on Hydro and ensure that any increase in rates does not exceed inflation. Many more have promised to pass similar motions when the new Council is elected.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By St. Thomas

St. Thomas council has joined a provincial lobby group in condemning the imposition of the harmonized sales tax on utilities. In a unanimous vote, council gave its support to the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group, which sent a letter to council late last month asking for support on the issue of hydro and taxes. Ald. Gord Campbell spearheaded the request from St. Thomas council.

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Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Town of Iroquois Falls on November 1

That Council of the Town of Iroquis Falls hereby supports the attached resolution submitted by the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group regarding the following:

1)   removal of PST on the Hydro HST bill

2)  increases in Hydro rates

3)  municipal consultation; and

4)  the 7 billion Samsung Contract

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By The Township of Aramanth on November 3

Whereas increase in Hydro rates has been brought to Council’s attention as a major concern by Township residents,

Whereas overhead costs are rising at Ontario Power Authority, Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One, Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario Energy Board, Ontario Electricity Financial Corp and Ontario Hydro.

Be it resolved that this Council send a letter to the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy asking for the removal of the PST portion on the Hydro HST bill.

Be it resolved that this Council send a letter to the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy asking that any increase in Hydro rates does not exceed the rate of inflation.

Be it resolved that this Council send a letter to the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy, Ontario Minister of the Environment asking that municipalities be consulted in drafting waste to energy policies and choosing locations for windmills.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of Malahide November 4

THAT, in response to the request of the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group, the Premier of Ontario be requested to take the necessary action to exempt utilities from HST.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of Ramara on November 8

THAT we support the resolution from the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group regarding hydro concerns and they be so advised.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By The Township of North Shore on November 8

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Township of the North Shore municipal council supports in the principle the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy resolution related to Hydro rates, and municipal consultation in drafting waste to energy and windmill locations in Ontario.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Town of Aylmer on November 8

That the Town of Aylmer Council supports the resolution submitted by the Ottawa Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group about the hydro rates and hydro policies;

That the Premier of Ontario, the Ontario Minister of Energy, and the Ontario Minister of the Environment be asked:

- to remove the PST portion on the Hydro HST bill

- to ensure that any increase in Hydro rates does not exceed the rate of inflation

- to ensure that municipalities be consulted in drafting waste to energy policies and choosing locations for windmills

That the Minister of Industry be asked to publish the results of the Competition Bureau investigation of the 7 billion Samsung Contract; and further;

That the local MPP Steve Peters be provided with a copy of this resolution.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of Armour on November 9

That the Council of the Township of Armour support the position of the Municipal taxpayer Advocacy Group and petition the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy to remove the PST portion of the HST on hydro bills; that any increase in Hydro rates exceed the rate of inflation; and that municipalities be consulted in drafting waste to energy policies and choosing locations for windmills.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of Casey on November 10

That we, the Council of the Township of Casey do hereby, agree with the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group and request the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy to remove the HST portion of the Hydro bill and to limit any increase in Hydro rates so that it does not exceed the rate of inflation.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of South Stormont on November 10

Be it resolved that Council supports the resolution presented by the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group with regards to Hydro Rates.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Coleman Township on November 10

WHEREAS The Ontario Energy Board’s “guiding principal” is to “protect the interests of consumers with respect to prices and the adequacy, reliability and quality of electricity service”;

AND WHEREAS Electricity demand is falling due the slow economy, yet electricity rates are rising.

AND WHEREAS the time of use rates price average of 6.5 cents per kWh, but the Feed In Tariff program forces consumers to pay prices of 13.5 to 19 cents per kWh for wind power and 80 cents per kWh for solar power;

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Corporation of the Township of Coleman fully supports the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group’s recommendations:

-public enquiry on the reasons for a rise in hydro costs, contract and appointment process, foreign influence on energy policy;

-2 year freeze of hydro rates (already gone up 14% this year);

-HST exemption for utilities  (extreme heat or cold can lead to adverse health effects, including death);

-change laws that prevent municipalities from aggressively pursuing waste to energy solutions;

-cancel contracts to buy energy from any source that costs 10% more than existing supplies from hydro, nuclear, coal or gas;

-keep coal plants open until there is sufficient replacement of the equivalent production capacity;

-ensure any expense on clear coal technology , wind, solar, other alternative energy will not result in higher rates or a higher deficit;

-mitigate 2 billion dollars spent on smart meters by canceling new installations and ensuring that the total revenue from customers do not exceed pre smart meter levels

-reduce administration costs for the Ontario Energy Board and all energy related departments by 10%

- AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that this Council send this motion to the Premier of Ontario, the Ontario Minister of Energy and the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of Champlain November 10

WHEREAS Champlain Township recognizes the escalating cost of electricity in Ontario;

 

WHEREAS NDP Ontario Leader Andrea Horwath has launched a campaign to ask Ontario’s Premier and the Minister of Energy to take the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) portion off the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of electricity bills to offset these escalating costs.

 

WHEREAS other municipalities have adopted similar resolutions;

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Champlain Township support this initiative and that it send a copy of its own resolution to the Member of Provincial Parliament for consideration.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of Huron Kinloss on November 15th

THAT Huron-Kinloss Township Council hereby endorses the motion of the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group and in so doing requests the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Energy to remove the PST portion on the Hydro HST bill;

AND THAT the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Energy ensure any increase in Hydro rates does not exceed the rate of inflation;

AND THAT the Premier of Ontario, the Minister of Energy and the Minister of the Environment consult municipalities in drafting waste to energy policies and choosing locations for windmills;

AND FURTHER THAT the Minister of Industry publish the results of the Competition Bureau investigation of the $7 billion Samsung Contract.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Town of Smiths Falls on November 15th

THAT the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Smith Falls supports the resolution passed by the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group and send a letter to the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy asking for the removal of the HST from Hydro bills.

AND FURTHER THAT the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Smiths Falls further requests the removal of HST from heating fuel bills.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Council send a letter to the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy asking that any increase in Hydro and/or heating fuel rates does not exceed the rate of inflation and that municipalities be consulted in drafting waste to energy policies and choosing locations for windmills.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of Halton Mills on November 16

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Warwick Township Council on November 18th

That Warwick Township Council hereby supports the resolution as prepared by the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group re: the removal of the PST and HST portions on the hydro bills and that any increase in hydro rates not exceed the rate of inflation.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By  Township of South Algonquin on November 18

Whereas extreme heat or cold can lead to adverse health effects and Hydro is a sine qua non for staying alive, municipalities across Ontario also have a public health responsibility.

Whereas the Hydro file is primarily a provincial responsibility, some cities own hydro distribution companies and others have a stake in the waste to energy policy as an alternative to landfills and the location of windmills.

Whereas The Federal Government Department Measurement Canada has warned Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator and the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure that Ontario residents might be treated unfairly because of the smart meters problem.

Whereas the Competition Bureau has the responsibility to; Ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises have an equitable opportunity to participate in the Canadian economy, Provide consumers with competitive prices and product choices, Promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy.

Whereas Hydro in Ontario is the fastest rising consumer necessity due to the size of renewable energy contracts, transmission infrastructure investments required to handle the renewable energy, cost and implementation of smart meters, Hydro One acquisitions and the merging of rates.

Whereas current Hydro costs average of 6.5 cents per kWh and the Province is signing contracts to supply renewable energy power for as much as 80.2 cents per kWh.

Whereas overhead costs are rising at Ontario Power Authority, Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One, Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario Energy Board, Ontario Electricity Financial Corp, Ontario Hydro.

Be it resolved that this Council send a letter to the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy asking for the removal of the PST portion on the Hydro HST bill..

Be it resolved that this Council send a letter to the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy asking that any increase in Hydro rates does not exceed the rate of inflation.

Be it resolved that this Council send a letter to the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy, Ontario Minister of the Enviroment asking that municipalities be consulted in drafting waste to energy policies and choosing locations for windmills.

Be it further resolved that this Council send a letter to the Minister of Industry asking them to publish the results of the Competition Bureau investigation of the 7 billion Samsung Contract.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Towns of Huntsville on November 21

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Municipality of Meaford on November 22

Be It Resolved That Council of the Municipality of Meaford do hereby agree with the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group and request the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy to remove the HST portion of the Hydro bill and to limit any increase in Hydro rates so that it does not exceed the rate of inflation.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of Faraday on December 1

Be it resolved that the Council of the Township of Faraday does hereby agree with Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group and petition the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy to remove the PST portion of the HST on Hydro Bills; that any increase in Hydro rates not exceed the rate of inflation; and that municipalities be consulted in drafting waste to energy policies and choosing locations for windmills.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of Adelaide Metcalfe on December 6

"Please be advised that the Council of the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe, supported the resolution that was adopted by Warwick Township Council for the removal of the PST and HST portions on the hydro bills and that any increase in hydro rates not exceed the rate of inflation.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Township of Limerick on December 7

THAT Council support the resolution from the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group regarding hydro concerns and they be so advised.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By City of Vaughan on December 7
WHEREAS the City of Vaughan is part owner of PowerStream, the second largest municipally owned electricity distribution system in Ontario; AND WHEREAS hydro in the Province in Ontario is the fastest rising consumer necessity cost due to the size of renewable energy contracts, transmission infrastructure investments required to handle renewable energy, the cost and implementation of smart metres, Hydro One acquisitions and the merging of rates; AND WHEREAS current Hydro costs average 6.5 cents per kWh and the Province of Ontario is signing contracts to supply renewable energy power for as much as 80.2 cents per kWh; AND WHEREAS increase in Hydro rates has been brought to Council's attention as a major concern by City of Vaughan residents and businesses; AND WHEREAS other municipalities have adopted similar resolutions; NOW THEREFORE Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco recommends as follows: That the City of Vaughan request the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Energy to remove the PST portion on the Hydro HST bill; That the City of Vaughan request that the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Energy ensure any increase in Hydro rates does not exceed the rate of inflation; That the City of Vaughan request that the Premier of Ontario, the Minister of Energy and the Minister of Environment consult municipalities when drafting waste to energy policies and choosing location for windmills; and That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Premier of Ontario, the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Environment, the two local MPP's for Vaughan, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Town of Kearney on December 10

WHEAREAS The Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group has forwarded a motion for consideration in support of their endeavour to remove the PST from the Hydro bill, that the rate of increase does not exceed the rate of inflation and that municipalities be consulted in drafting waste to energy policies and choosing locations for windmills; AND FURTHER that this information be conveyed to the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Minister of Energy by Letter; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Kearney supports this request and wishes the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group well in its endeavour.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Town of North Bay on December 13

WHEREAS the creation of the new HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) modernized our out of date taxation system in Ontario; AND WHEREAS the blending of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) and the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) into the new HST was generally seen as good for business; AND WHEREAS there is one area of concern, especially here in Northern Ontario where we face father travel-distances & colder temperatures: AND WHEREAS the creation of the HST resulted in NEW TAXATION on many items that previously only had GST, as PST was added to these items; AND WHEREAS exemptions as possible and examples of such exemptions were made by the Province coffee, newspapers and some fast food meals; BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the City of North Bay readdress this issue by respectfully requesting the Province reconsider exemption of new taxation items like utilities and gasoline; AND FURTHER that our staff directly contact the larger Northern Ontario Centres (Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins & Thunderbay) and ask them to join in our request; AND FURTHER that we send a request to the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario for their consideration; AND FURTHER THAT our request be sent to Hon Monique Smith, MPP Nipissing; Premier Dalton McGuinty, Ontario Minister of Revenue; Ontario's Minister of Finance, Leaders of the Official Opposition; AND FINALLY THAT a copy be forwarded to the Municipal taxpayer Advocacy Group, as the group has been working on this issue, expressed interest in it, contacted this municipality and others requesting that we continue to support HST exemption for utilities.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Town of Mono on December 13

WHEREAS electricity is an essential commodity for the well being of all residents and businesses across the Province of Ontario; AND WHEREAS decisions made by the multitude of hydro agencies sanctioned by the Province of Ontario and their action(s) often result in increased costs to the taxpayer, which appear to our constituents to be non-sustainable. The difference between the current rates of 6.5 cents kWh for hydro and new contracts as high as 80.2 cents kWh is daunting; THEREFORE the Town of Mono requests that the Province of Ontario review all aspects of governance of the electric system, appropriateness of the renewable energy modes and the application of the HST to the users' bills; AND THAT a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Ombudsman, Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones and AMO (the Association of Municipalities of Ontario)

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Town of Cavan Monaghan on January 10, 2011

WHEREEAS hydro rates have increased substantially in recent months and every indication is that these rates will continue to rise at an unprecedented pace, due in part to provisions in the Green Energy Act and implementation of the HST;

AND WHEREAS the time of use rates price average is 6.5 cents per kWh, but the Feed In Tariff program forces consumers to pay 13.5 to 19 cents per kWh for wind power and 80 cents per kWh for solar power;

AND WHEREAS huge increases in electrical rates places a financial burden on many Ontario residents;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Township of Cavan Monaghan hereby requests that:

• Energy bills be exempt from HST

• Any increase in hydro rates does not exceed the rate of inflation

• Municipalities be consulted in drafting waste to energy policies and in choosing locations for wind turbines

• The results of the Competition Bureau investigation of the $7 billion sole sourced non tendered Samsung contract be made public;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a copy of this resolution be sent to the Premier of Ontario, the Honorable Dalton McGuinty; the Minister of Energy, the honorable Brad Duguid; the Minister of the Environment, the honorable John Wilkinson; the leader of the official opposition, the honorable Tim Hudak; the leader of the NDP, the honorable Andrea Horwath and to Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP, the honorable Rick Johnson.

 

Enclosed Motion Was Adopted By Village of Sundridge on January 11, 2011

That the Council of the Corporation of the Village of Sundridge supports the resolution submitted by the Ottawa Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group about hydro rates and hydro policies;

That the Premier of Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Energy, and the Ontario Minister of the Environment be asked:

Ø       to remove the PST portion on the Hydro Bill

Ø       to ensure that any increase in Hydro rates does not exceed the rate of inflation

Ø       to ensure that municipalities be consulted in drafting waste to energy policies and choosing locations for windmills

That the Minister of Industry be asked to publish the results of the Competition Bureau investigation of the 7 billion Samsung Contract; and further;

That the local MPP Norm Miller be provided with a copy of this resolution.