Mississippi Mills Sewage Tax

$1,420 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 53 months
Private Septic System Owners of Mississippi Mills.

In 1998 the new Town of Mississippi Mills ("MM") was incorporated by amalgamating the Town of Almonte, and the Townships of Ramsay and Pakenham located in Lanark County, Ontario Canada.

The sewage treatment plant used to service the old Town of Almonte was replaced on July 25, 2012 at a cost of $24.7 million. Funding came from a grant submitted by the Town under the Building Canada Fund (2010) where MM was to contribute 1/3rd of the cost with the balance of 2/3rds provided by provincial and federal governments.

The new plant offers capacity to serve the growth needs of Almonte to 2031 when the population is expected to reach over 8,000.  The population of Almonte as of the 2011 census was 4,752 (stats Canada). Households in Almonte use water and sewer pipe connection.

Residents who have private septic systems call a private hauler to pump out their septic tanks as required. The private hauler is running a service business and after pumping the private septic tank he is paid by the private landowner and the contract is completed.

The hauler now finds the best price per cubic metre to process the thousands of litres of septage collected. The fees charged by MM to the hauler for processing may or may not be competitively priced and there is no requirement for the hauler to use the MM facilities.

There are approximately 2,985 landowners who process their wastewater using their own private septic systems. The council of MM has decided to charge each of these landowners a capital cost recovery fee of $115 to pay for the Almonte sewage treatment plant for a total of $343,275. The $115 on your property tax invoice gives the impression that it is a required payment as part of your property taxes which it is not.

The cost of a private septic system can run $20,000 or more depending on the type and size (not including the cost of a well). Why do private landowners who have paid thousands of $'s for their septic systems, not including on going maintenance, required by a law passed by council to pay for a service they already have in their backyard.

The residents of Almonte do not pay towards the installation, replacement or maintenance of the rural landowner's septic system? They are responsible for their own costs. The rural landowner is being forced by law to help pay for the sewage treatment plant.

This is your opportunity to defend your land against a law that is wrong and is in violation of not only the Municipal Act of Ontario but the Charter or Rights and Freedoms.

Donate to the Litigation Fund for a Class Action Suit against the Council of Mississippi Mills. If you allow this regulatory taking of $115.00 from your pocket today and say nothing, what will be taken from you tomorrow?

Jeff Bogaerts
President "“ Lanark Landowners Association
Vice-President "“ Ontario Landowners Association
jdbogaerts@sympatico.ca
www.ontariolandowners.ca
http://landownermagazine.com/website/

Online Ontario Government Acts and Regulations.
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/navigation?file=home&lang=en
 
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Thank-you to everyone who has contributed to the Mississippi Mills Poop Tax objection. We have raised enough money to date to retain the Law Offices of Green and Associates in Ottawa. The next step in the process is to file a Notice of Constitutional Question against the Corporation of Mississippi Mills. The Lanark Landowners will continue this fight until it is won.
Jeff Bogaerts - President Lanark LA
www.ontariolandowners.ca
http://www.greenandassociates.ca/
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Anne Jefford
36 months ago

HOW DOES THE "law that is wrong" ALSO BE A " violation of not only the Municipal Act of Ontario but the Charter or Rights and Freedoms."

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Raised by 31 people in 53 months
Created February 21, 2014
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$40
Anonymous
50 months ago
TL
$200
Terri Ladouceur
50 months ago

Why should I have to pay $115.00 to Mississippi Mills when I had to pay for the installation of the septic system and maintain it when this is private property.

HT
$115
Harry Teevens
50 months ago

My septic system on private property is not an asset of any corporation. I own, inspect, maintain and service; imposing $115.00 charge is an unacceptable tactic to raise funds. I have already paid for same thru my property tax assessment by MPAC. Would this be considered an abuse of authority?

CP
$40
Cliff Persi
50 months ago

My septic, my responsibility; forced to make a one time payment on someone else's investment without my authorization. Is that charge unlawful abuse of authority.

PB
$40
Paul Budd
50 months ago

I was wrong , I paid the $ 115.00 shake down. It is like paying any grocery store a charge because I have the potential to buy their products.

KF
$75
ken f
51 months ago

Bending over and bowing with acceptance seems to be the status quo.....but you can stand up.....wake up septic owners!

JC
$20
John Carvill
51 months ago

From watching this site for some time, I have concludedthat roughly 2,900are happy and satisfied with this type of tax on private property-(septic systems) 2900 have just given approuval for whats to come.

AB
$20
Alvin Barr
52 months ago

This donation is from Alvin Barr, I am just submitting for him as he doesn't have a computer

Anne Jefford
36 months ago

HOW DOES THE "law that is wrong" ALSO BE A " violation of not only the Municipal Act of Ontario but the Charter or Rights and Freedoms."

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