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No. All costs incurred to operate and upgrade the Sorrento water system would be paid entirely by property owners connected to that system. Similarly, all costs associated with the Cedar Heights system would be paid entirely by property owners connected to that system. SLE water ratepayers would not contribute to any costs for these other systems.
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Further postponement of the process would be difficult at this point for a number of reasons, including the Committee's need to have the Study completed in advance of the April 30, 2022, referendum date. The referendum would need to be held by the end of April in order to provide sufficient time to establish a new municipality — if incorporation were chosen — prior to the October 2022, general municipal election.
To ensure that all residents have an opportunity to get fully informed on the options prior to a vote, the Committee is direct-mailing to all households a comprehensive, 11-page overview document titled Understanding the Options (PDF) (an electronic copy is also available for viewing at the Mailouts & Presentations page). The hard-copy mail-out will, it is hoped, be of particular value to residents who find it difficult to participate online.
Voting options will be determined by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The Committee understands that, at the present time, the Ministry intends to enable electors to vote in person and by mail.