As a Colwood resident, I am dismayed by the proposed inequality of the funding options for a sewage-treatment plant.
More than 70 per cent of Colwood homes have a septic system. Many systems are at the age of needing to be replaced, costing potentially up to $50,000 (quoting the Capital Regional District). We also pay, as mandated through bylaws, for ongoing reportable maintenance of our septic systems.
I have been told by our mayor and the CRD that there are no plans for most of Colwood to hook up to sewer. While I am willing, even as a non-user, to contribute to a regional solution, I am not willing in a two-plant option or more, to pay the highest rates in the region.
In a two- or four-plant option, Colwood residents on septic would be paying more per household than Oak Bay, Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt, View Royal or Langford households.
I don’t see how anyone, living in Colwood or not, can think that is fair, equitable or just.